Adairsville Police Department Lt. Arnold Gillman was sworn in Friday after being appointed by City Manager Pam Madison.
Gillman was one of two APD officers interviewed for the job Friday. He will replace Jones who resigned Wednesday morning, citing health reasons. Jones was named chief in September 2011.
Gillman joined APD three years ago and has more than 17 years of law enforcement experience, according to a city press release. He is an U.S. Army veteran and adjunct instructor at the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy.
The city council at the Thursday meeting authorized Madison to contact the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police to begin the search for a new chief.
“The association will peruse its slate of candidates and provide a short list of finalists to the council,” Madison said during Thursday’s meeting. “We will be putting together a committee, including me, a local police chief and a number of community advisors, to announce the winning candidate.”
The recruitment process is expected to take eight weeks.
On Tuesday, The Daily Tribune News filed two Open Records Act requests involving personnel matters at APD. Those requests were received Friday, with one limited due to possible litigation.