A Gwinnett County city is set to hire a new police chief after sexual harassment scandals led to the previous chief’s resignation.
Channel 2′s Matt Johnson was in Gwinnett County, where he learned there was a six-month search to find a replacement.
The Lawrenceville city manager told Channel 2 Action News he did his due diligence with 40 candidates since multiple scandals regarding former chief Tim Wallis were revealed in February.
City Manager Chuck Warbington has been in charge of finding a replacement since February.
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John Henry Mullin has been named the sole finalist for the job. He is currently the Forsyth County director of code enforcement and animal control.
“He’s coming into a department that’s in need of leadership, it’s not a department that’s broken,” said Warbington.
In February, Wallis stepped down as police chief after a sexual harassment investigation found evidence of sexism and harassment. Less than two weeks later, interim Chief Myron Walker admitted to a past affair with a subordinate.
Warbington said despite the turmoil, police officers on staff did their jobs.
“Regardless of anything that was happening with the department, that was something our business owners and citizens could count on,” said Warbington.
Now the city looks to incoming Chief Mullin and his 24 years of experience with Sandy Springs Police and Fulton County Police.
He’s expected to help build a culture, recruit new officers and develop more community policing.
The incoming chief’s hiring is pending, with his start date scheduled to be Dec. 16.
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