Monday February 13, 2012, 6:09 PM

City of Athens and Utilities

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New police chief named

The Athens City Council voted unanimously tonight to name Floyd Johnson the new police chief. The appointment is effective immediately.

“I cannot think of a better qualified individual than Floyd Johnson,” Councilwoman Milly Caudle said.

Floyd Johnson the new police chief for Athens AlabamaCouncilwoman Mignon Bowers and Council President Jimmy Gill commented on the number officers and staff in attendance to support Johnson. The group gave Johnson a standing ovation after the vote.

“I am so proud to see us promote one of our own,” Councilman Harold Wales added.

Councilman Jim Hickman noted how Johnson’s fellow officers and the community hold him in high respect.

Johnson, 50, has been serving as interim chief since Jan. 1 when former Chief Wayne Harper retired. Johnson is the only candidate the council interviewed.

“I am very proud to have this opportunity and to be a member of the Athens Police Department,” Johnson said. “I look forward to working in this new role with the men and women of our department. I appreciate the confidence the mayor and council have placed in me to lead the Police Department.”

Among the programs Johnson wants to implement include a gun safety/training class, Citizens Police Academy, K-9 program, bicycle patrol and a chaplain program. Johnson said he also wants the department involved with Special Olympics and to have an inter-departmental training program.

In addition, Johnson wants to improve recruitment and establish better methods of communication with the community.

“The safety of our citizens is paramount to the mayor, council and me,” Johnson said. “It is our goal to work to the best of our ability to ensure our city is a safe place to live. I look forward to working in the community we call home to help find solutions to the challenges that face us.”

Chief Floyd Johnson is 50 years old. He and his wife Suzanne have two children, Callie and Caleb. Chief Johnson began working with the Athens Police Department as a dispatcher in August 1982. He became a police officer in October 1982 and a detective three years later. He was promoted to sergeant in 1986, then lieutenant in 1998 and captain in 2009. As captain he oversaw the investigative division and served as public information officer.

Sworn full-time officers: 47
Total employees (includes officers): 58 full-time
Part time employees: 6
Reserves: 20 slots


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