Po­lice chief re­signs, Cripps to step in

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

The Por­terdale mayor and city coun­cil ap­pointed Lt. Ja­son Cripps as ac­tive po­lice chief Tues­day evening, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

Por­terdale Po­lice Chief Ge­off Ja­cobs re­signed from his po­si­tion af­ter four years of ser­vice to pur­sue other in­ter­ests, ac­cord­ing to Por­terdale City Man­ager Bob Thom­son.

“We’re con­fi­dent with Lt. Cripps and his abil­ity to serve as ac­tive po­lice chief,” Thom­son said.

The coun­cil voted unan­i­mously, with coun­cil mem­ber Linda Fin­ger ab­sent from the meet­ing.

Af­ter the 60-day in­terim, the coun­cil and mayor will ap­point a per­ma­nent po­lice chief.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to mov­ing for­ward,” Cripps said, “and to keep giv­ing the qual­ity polic­ing that we have been to the City of Por­terdale.”

Cripps be­gan his ser­vice for Por­terdale in 2000 be­fore

mov­ing to the East Point Po­lice Depart­ment and serv­ing from De­cem­ber 2003 to Au­gust 2008. He then trans­ferred back to Por­terdale in 2008.

Ja­cobs served as uni­form di­vi­sion com­man­der for the Snel­lville Po­lice Depart­ment for al­most 27 years be­fore com­ing to Por­terdale in 2010. Ac­cord­ing to his LinkedIn pro­file, Ja­cobs worked for the Dade County Cor­rec­tions and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Depart­ment in Mi­ami, Florida, and was a po­lice of­fi­cer for the Opa-locka Po­lice Depart­ment in Opa-locka, Florida, the Palm Beach County Park Po­lice in Lake Worth, Florida and the Lawrenceville Po­lice Depart­ment in Lawrenceville, Ge­or­gia.

Ja­cobs

sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

Ja­son Cripps was named Por­terdale’s ac­tive po­lice chief Tues­day night af­ter Ge­off Ja­cobs re­signed.

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