Ernest Finley, a former senior Atlanta police official, has been named chief of the Montgomery, Al., Police Department, the Montgomery Advertiser reports. The 29-year law enforcement veteran said it has been his childhood dream to become the chief of police of a major city. Born and raised in Newark, N.J., Finley earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and joined the police force in Atlanta in 1986. Finley made history in Montgomery by being the first candidate in recent years to be selected from outside the department.
Finley has big plans for the department and fighting crime in the various neighborhoods and commercial districts in the city. Community policing, building relationships and trust with the community is key, he said. “My vision is to guide and direct our MPD to provide customer service to our residents here, to address public safety concerns to prevent crime and to also to reduce crime through community engagement,” Finley said. “The last thing is to really develop partnerships.”