The city of Lithonia has picked the former DeKalb County chief of police, Eddie J. Moody, to head its police department.
Moody will begin his new job as Lithonia's chief of police next week, on December 17.
In a statement released by the city, Mayor Deborah Jackson said: “The City of Lithonia is very privileged to have someone like Chief Moody, who has a tremendous level of experience and an impeccable reputation, interested in the position.”
“The Council and I are excited about Chief Moody’s working with the police department to help raise the standards and quality of service provided to the community," Jackson said. “Chief Moody told us he was ready to leave retirement, and we are glad that he wants to work in the community he grew up in."
Moody brings to Lithonia 30 years of law enforcement experience, the statement said.
He was first a DeKalb County police department clerk typist before moving up. Moody retired from DeKalb County in 2004.
According to Lithonia city's statement, Moody has worked with Altegrity (USIS) as an account executive and special investigator for a number of years.
His accomplishments with DeKalb County include creating the Junior Police Academy and establishing a Crime Analysis Unit. Moody also managed the murder case investigation of Sheriff-Elect Derwin Brown, the statement said.