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Lithonia City Could Pick New Police Chief Before Christmas

Background checks on the three candidates have been completed. Next: interviews.

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.

David C. Couper December 04, 2012 at 04:16 PM
What is “good policing?” What should you be looking for in a police leader? How is that leader going to be evaluated? Do one or more of the four major obstacles arresting the development of your police department exist? For what they are and how to overcome them follow my blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com/ where other current police improvement issues are discussed. Great policing is accomplished by those who are well-trained and led, restrained in their use of force, honest, and courteous to every person.

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