George Turner, who has been interim police chief in Atlanta since the beginning of the year, is now permanently doing the job.
Mayor Kasim Reed appointed the Atlanta native and 28-year veteran chief late last week.
“We don’t have time to lose,” Reed said during a news conference. “We do not have the luxury of waiting for a new chief to come in and learn about the issues that most concern our residents. Chief Turner knows the city’s neighborhoods and the people who live in them. The results we are seeing suggest we are moving in the right direction and I want to build on the progress we have made. To disrupt that momentum would not be in the best interest of the city.”
Reed applauded Turner’s efforts as the city’s crime rates decreased — overall crime is down 14 percent and violent crime is down 22.7 percent over the last six months, he told reporters.
Turner’s appointment must be approved by the city council. He said his goal is to keep continue improving the police department.
“We’ve had tremendous success thus far,” Turner said. “We have done a tremendous job over the past six months,” Turner said. “Our goal and mission is to reduce crime and improve the quality of life. This is my hometown and I will work diligently to drive our APD to be the best police department it could be.”