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Columbus' proposed Crime Prevention Committee still in the works

by Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A debate over hiring a Crime Prevention Director rages in Columbus.  City Council voted 5 to 4 in favor of the position in a first reading Tuesday. 

Some members say they're still concerned about the size of the crime prevention board and how much the director will be paid. The council is considering whether to hire a 7 or 11 member board.

The purpose of the commission is to focus on education as a deterrent to crime.

Mayor Jim Wetherington says he promised the people of Columbus that he would work to reduce crime and feels very strongly about appointing a director to be at the helm making sure the vision of the committee is carried out.

Councilor Skip Henderson recommended the board be seated first and then work toward naming a director.

He also wanted the process of naming a director to be moved from section 3-3a of the proposal and considered at a later date.  Mayor Whetherington responded by saying before he would let that happen, he'd rather be done with the whole thing.

A final vote is expected in two weeks. Count on News Leader 9 to bring you the latest.

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