Search for next Waynesboro Police Chief causing controversy
WAYNESBORO, GA (WFXG) -
Police Department sign still bears the name of former Police Chief, Alfonzo
The name of the next Police Chief will soon be displayed on the sign; but
finding that person is causing plenty of controversy.
between Waynesboro Council members over outsourcing the search for the Police Chief
led to a heated discussion Monday night.
member Brenda Lewis said not hiring from within would be insulting, "That's a
slap in the face to the department itself to me."
member Herman Brown made a motion to allow the Georgia Association of Chiefs of
Police handle the recruiting process, half of the council members voted in
favor and the other members were strongly opposed.
members who voted against the motion want to see Deputy Chief Roosevelt Lodge
get the job.
has been with the department for two years and he says someone should only be hired
over him if they are better qualified for the job.
would have to be] better than mine and I think I'm pretty well damn qualified.
But that's the council's game so lets play," Roosevelt, said.
also says other applicants should have more than the right qualifications.
better know the citizens of this town, because it takes a lot to know these
citizens. It takes a lot to have them trust you," he said.
Broseghini says he doesn't care who gets the job, as long as they don't stop
the Citizens on Patrol program.
they can continue the program the people in Waynesboro appreciate and like; I
say it's another pair of eyes for the police department,"
Pitcher says if the next Chief of Police is the finest candidate for the job,
she doesn't care what their name is.
have to pick the best person for the job and unless we see all of them, we
don't know who that is," she said.
She will have the opportunity to see the top candidates for the job in a few weeks because the
motion to have the GACP handle the application process passed.
City council members will decide who the next Chief of Police will be when they meet with the applicants at the end of March.