FYN has just learned that the Ellijay City Council has decided to appoint Edward D. Lacey III as the new Ellijay Chief of Police.
The move, according to the Ellijay City Council, comes as a result of a recent vacancy in Ellijay’s Chief of Police position.
“Really, we had to make this decision because of the resignation of Larry Callahan,”
City Council member David Westmoreland told FYN.
Larry Callahan, former Ellijay Chief of Police, resigned from the Ellijay Police Department to take over as East Ellijay Chief of Police on December 18th. Callahan’s resignation was a result of former East Ellijay Chief of Police Greg Arp leaving to takeover as the Chief Investigator for new District Attorney Alison Sosebee.
In order for Ellijay to hire a new Chief of Police, first the Ellijay City Council had to agree to appoint a new Chief of Police, which they did tonight at a special called meeting.
According to Ellijay Mayor Al Hoyle, Lacey possesses more than 22 years of experience in law enforcement with the Cherokee County Sheriffs Office where he most recently served as Commander of the Uniform Operations Division.
Lacey began his career as a deputy sheriff in the adult detention center, advanced to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, then Major and is currently a Commander. He completed his Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Justice Administration at Columbia State University and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from North Georgia College. Lastly, Lacey has attended the FBI National Academy and The Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and is also trained in International Terrorism Origins, Ideologies and Methods, and is a Certified Law Enforcement Officer, Instructor and Field Training Officer.
One of the reasons Lacey says he is excited about his new position as Chief of Police is because he is an Ellijay native.
“Although I have had great opportunities in my career, my main focus has always been to serve the community where I live. I’ve been able to do that partially through my church and through the local scout troop, but only now is it fully complete. I’m humbled and very grateful for the confidence and support I have received from the City Council, Mayor Hoyle, and Chief Callahan,”
Lacey stated in a press release from Ellijay City Hall.
When asked today by FYN if there were any specific issues he planned to address in the city, he said,
“I have some goals and objectives in my mind. First of all, I plan to get to know the staff. Really I think that Larry Callahan has left the agency in a fine way. I plan to continue doing those same services and build upon his legacy and continue to grow with the times and make those services the best we can.”
Lacey will officially take the position of Ellijay Chief of Police January 5th, 2013, the day after Chief Larry Callahan’s resignation becomes effective.
To see Ellijay City Council’s appointment of New Police Chief Edward Lacey, please view the video below.