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Atlanta Mayor Shakes Up Police Department

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via YellowBrix

January 08, 2010

ATLANTA, GA – In his first full day on the job, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled a reorganization of the police department’s command staff and announced other plans, including one to hire an economic development czar.

Acting Police Chief George Turner promoted several longtime leaders to new positions to boost morale among officers.

The moves included promoting Peter Andresen from deputy of field operations to assistant chief, Ernest Finley from Zone 3 Commander to deputy of field operations, Calvin Moss from the special operation center to deputy chief of criminal investigations and Shawn Jones from the airport to deputy chief of the support services division.

“We think it rewards folks who’ve done the job well,” Turner told reporters.

Some who held those positions left the department with former Chief Richard Pennington. Other changes were described as lateral moves.

Lt. Scott Kreher, head of the city’s largest police union, said the changes are well-received because the new hierarchy is composed of experienced officers who will “get back to crime fighting.” He said the most significant change may be Finley, whom he described as a “hard-charging” officer who could put in place several initiatives to combat the rise in property crimes.

Kreher said the moves may determine whether Turner gets the chief job permanently. Reed is conducting a search for chief and wants to hire someone within 120 days.

Turner said department officials were meeting Tuesday to discuss some crime-fighting objectives. The department is going to work with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office on a burglary task force, he said. The 50 officers hired through a federal grant will be used for community policing, Turner said.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Any rank-and-file offficers here on PL have an opinion on this article ?? I'd love to hear it ......

  • 74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Jonas, just curious, what does his first name have to do with anything?

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Shaken not stirred. Sounds like a real mess

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    How do you pronounce his first name. It don't sound too American to me. "The bureaucratic mindset is the only constant in the universe!" Dr. McCoy Star Trek IV.

  • Badge__hat_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Another example of a pinhead politician making huge changes in a department he probably has zero experience in. As for the appointment of a new "Czar", don't even get me started on that.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Atlanta Mayor, Mohamad Kasim Reed.... Is "shaking" the PD...? Or, should I say "shocking"...?
    His Liberal agenda will result in a "shock", rather than a "shake"...
    No offense intended. Just my 0.02.

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