Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Gary Yandura, Brookhaven's first police chief in history, answers Five Questions from Patch.
Gary Yandura was named Brookhaven's first-ever police chief at a news conference on Tuesday morning held at Brookhaven City Hall. Now, he answers Five Questions from Patch: 1. What attracted you to the job of Brookhaven's first-ever police chief? Yandura: I was attracted by the diversity and makeup of the community, along with the challenge of starting the first police department from ground level. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. 2. How familiar were you with the city and community when you applied? Yandura: I was familiar with the city. I had frequented the area because of the excellent restaurants and shopping available. We also have friends and relatives living in the Decatur and Ansley Park areas. 3. Building a …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Gary Yandura was announced late Tuesday morning as the city's top cop.
Gary Yandura was named Brookhaven's first-ever police chief at a news conference on Tuesday morning held at Brookhaven City Hall. Yandura previously served the City of Hiram for three years. He also served as chief of police for College Park for more than nine years. Before College Park, he served in Illinois for 24 years at the Lake Forest Police Department where he rose through the ranks to become deputy chief. Yandura received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois and earned his Masters of Public Administration Degree from Roosevelt University in Illinois. He also completed numerous administrative programs in the law enforcement field including Northwestern University’s Police School of Staff and …
Follow J. Max Davis, crime fighter, in his pursuit of some bad guys through this interactive map.
Maybe Brookhaven's soon-to-be-announced police chief should deputize the mayor. This past Friday, March 29, Mayor J. Max Davis had stopped at the Valero gas station at the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody roads. "I saw three young guys on foot, kind of rushing past my car in sort of an agitated state," Davis said. "They were heading toward the Corner Pizza at the other end of that big intersection, toward a wooded area." A few moments later, Davis saw a female chasing after the men, also on foot. "She ran into the Valero parking lot, and was talking to the police on her cell phone," he said. "She told me that the men had stolen some items from the Dollar Tree Store." Davis then got into his car, and drove toward the …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The announcement is set for 11:30 am.
Brookhaven will announce its top cop on Tuesday. The city is set to hold a news conference to announce the appointment of its first-ever police chief. Ninety-eight law enforcement officers from around the nation applied to be Brookhaven’s first police chief. City leaders have spent the past few weeks reviewing the applications and interviewed the top nine candidates. See Also: Almost 100 Officers Apply to Become Brookhaven's First Top Cop Brookhaven's Finest: Dressed in Blues ... or Blacks ... or Grays? City Manager: We're Interviewing Nine Candidates for Police Chief
Thursday, March 28, 2013
City leaders plan to identify a finalist by mid April.
Ninety-eight law enforcement officers from around the nation applied to be Brookhaven’s first police chief. City leaders have spent the past few weeks reviewing the applications and interviewed the top nine candidates. City Manager Marie L. Garrett is now conducting second interviews and hopes to identify a finalist by the second week in April. “The safety of Brookhaven’s residents and businesses is our number one goal,” Garrett said. “This includes establishing Brookhaven’s own police department. That starts with selecting the best chief who can help us build a strong police department.” The new chief will be tasked with establishing an organizational structure, staffing the department to best serve the city, developing policies and …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Should Brookhaven's first top cop be from the area, or should city leaders go on a nationwide hunt? Take our Patch poll and tell us what you think.
One of the little dustups that occurred during Monday night's runoff debates came when some candidates seemed to express their support for a nationwide search for the new city's first police chief. "We need to make sure we hire the right person," said Rebecca Chase Williams, who is in the District 1 city council runoff. "Our city is going to be the cream of the crop. There is no built-in bureaucracy or a who-knows-who-kind of mentality." That brought this rebuke from a member of the audience: "Going on a nationwide hunt for a police chief? I can't believe we don't have someone qualified who's around here. These kinds of nationwide hunts seldom pan out. Just look at our school systems." That caused a bit of backtracking from the candidates…
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Sandy Murray, Brookhaven mayoral candidate, tells what she thinks.