Harlem Police Department’s interim chief started the job today.
The city hired Gary Jones, chief of police in Sardis, to fill the position vacated last week by former chief David Sward.
Jones was introduced to the staff Monday and began working this morning,, according to city Manager Jason Rizner.
Jones will work in Harlem part-time until May 6 while he works out his notice period in Sardis, where he’s served as police chief for two years.
In his 25 years of law enforcement experience, Jones served the Columbia and Richmond County sheriff’s offices and got his start as an officer for the Harlem Police Department. Jones also served a 90-day special assignment as director at the Augusta Youth Detention Campus.
“We are confident that Gary’s knowledge, experience, and abilities will serve the Department and the City well,” Rizner wrote in an email.
Former chief Sward tendered his resignation Thursday without explanation. He took over leadership of the department in January 2012 and oversaw the construction of and move to the new public safety building.
Rizner said Jones is interested in the position permanently, but city officials will not yet consider decisions about a formal application and interview process.