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City Council has ideal police chief in-house

Decatur City Council members face an important decision in the coming weeks. They must name a police chief to succeed Joel Gilliam, who is retiring after a decade of leading the Police Department.

The council is right to take applications for the job from outside the department, but at the end of the search they are not going to find a chief who knows as much about our city as deputy Chief Ken Collier.

Council members named Mr. Collier deputy chief in April and promoted him from captain to lieutenant colonel. He also assumed day-to-day operations of the department. Other captains within the department declined to interview for the job, a sign of their respect for Mr. Collier.

Deputy Chief Collier is a 36-year veteran of the department and has the respect of the force and the people of the city where he graduated from high school.

The advantages of hiring Mr. Collier are many, starting with him being an excellent cop with an excellent reputation. Also, it is doubtful that any other applicant will be as prepared by education and experience as Mr. Collier.

In each position he's held with the department, Mr. Collier always scored high marks for his performance. It just makes sense that he becomes the next chief of police.

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