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Georgiana mayor promotes remaining officer to acting chief in wake of walkout

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
GEORGIANA, AL (WSFA) -

Moving up! One of the few remaining officers who didn't walk off the job in the Butler County town of Georgiana is now running the police department as its acting police chief. Mayor Jerome Antone said Wednesday that he made the move so the department can begin hiring new officers.

Antone said he hopes to have a permanent replacement by Nov. 7. He said he's already spoken to two potential candidates regarding the position. He also claimed one officer who walked off the job has since returned.

The openings came following conflict between the mayor's office and police department. Those issues, which have not been explained with any specific details, boiled over Monday with the resignation of Police Chief David Scruggs. Most of the department's officers walked off the job with him, prompting the Butler County Sheriff's Office to send deputies to help answer calls and patrol the community.

Tuesday night, the Georgiana Town Council voted to accept Scruggs' resignation. Several officers, as well as Scruggs, say they're feeling good about their decisions and are not concerned about issues of finding new jobs.

The mayor said he wishes the community was just as vocal about other regular council meetings as they were about Tuesday night's meeting. He said he hasn't gotten any more requests for meetings from the community since Tuesday night.

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