Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has picked George Turner, a native son of the city who has steadily risen up through the ranks to lead the city's police force, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. What matters to me are results,” Reed said. “I think you can certainly demonstrate in a powerful fashion that during the time he’s been interim chief the results are concrete and undeniable.”
During last year’s campaign, Reed made public safety his top priority and said his preference was to hire from within the department. He also said Atlanta candidates had to compete against outsiders in a nationwide search for the city’s next “super cop.” The mayor’s office enlisted an executive search firm and appointed a search committee. When all was said and done, Reed found his chief in Atlanta. In January, the mayor had appeared to give Turner a leg up on any competition when he named him interim police chief. The two other finalists were Cecil Alexander, director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and Robert White, Louisville police chief.