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City's new top cop worked his way up

Dr. Bill Walker stopped to shake hands at church Sunday and to tell an editor that "Ken Collier is a good man." The retired pediatrician said that Ken Collier worked for him when the new police chief was a teenager.

He finished college, became a Marine sergeant, served in Vietnam and spent 36 years on the Decatur police force after working for Dr. Walker.

For many people, Dr. Walker's word is the gospel, but Mr. Collier worked his way into being officially named police chief at Monday night's City Council meeting.

In accepting his new role, Chief Collier called upon his Marine training to explain who he is.

It's simply to be the best.

"I always tried to be the best cop, the best investigator I could be. Once I got into an administrative role, I wanted to be the best administrator I could be," he said.

That includes serving and protecting Decatur's residents.

City Council members chose well in naming Joel Gilliam's successor.

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