The City of Lithonia is getting closer to picking a new chief of police.
At Monday's (Dec.3) regular city council meeting, Mayor Deborah Jackson said the background checks have been completed of the three candidates. Interview-scheduling begins this week.
"We'd like to be able to hire someone before Christmas, if we can," Jackson said.
A citizens review committee recommended three applicants from the 22 who applied for Lithonia chief of police:
- Eddie Moody
- Melvin Douglas
- Xavier Todd
Moody is a retired DeKalb County police chief; Melvin Douglas, DeKalb County district attorney's office (investigator); and Todd is the acting police chief for the City of Lithonia.
In September, the City Council voted to relieve acting police chief Washington Varnum Jr. of his duties after an administrative law judge upheld a revocation of his certification, leaving him with no arrest powers.