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Jay Turner tapped as Alex City's top cop

Chief Jay Turner (Source: Alexander City website) Chief Jay Turner (Source: Alexander City website)
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ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) -

A longtime member of the Alexander City police force has been named the department’s new chief.

Jay Turner was chosen for the position Monday night by the city council of Alexander City, beating out Birmingham Deputy Police Chief Allen Hatcher. Both veteran officers were interviewed by the council last week as finalists for the job.

Turner, 49, has been with the Alexander City Police Department for 25 years, joining in 1992.

He was a patrolman for six years and then became a member of the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force in 1998. In 2004, he became the commander in charge of the Narcotics Task Force. He became the sergeant in charge of detectives and the burglary task force in 2010 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2011. He was also the commander of criminal investigations and the domestic violence task force as well.

Turner was promoted to deputy chief in 2013.

In January, he became interim chief after re-appointments were not approved for Police Chief Willie Robinson and Fire Chief Kem Jones. The positions are appointed every four years by the city council.

Reese McAlister, a 21-year veteran of the fire department, was named fire chief two weeks ago. 

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