Columbus Council approves crime prevention director

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In a seven to three vote, Columbus City Council members have approved the formation of a new city position.

Mayor Wetherington's final plea, "I believe you will be proud if this crime prevention program passes."

The mayor said it's been a long time coming. The proposal was tabled last council meeting after 5 council members voted in favor of the position, while 4 members voted against it, making the vote inconclusive-- because six votes in favor were needed for approval.

All eyes were on Councilman Glen Davis, who was absent for last meeting's vote.

And with a show of hands, the proposal passed 7 to 3.

" I'm just glad it passed so many people were wondering when this was going to happen and so now we can begin looking for a director," said Councilman, Pops Barnes.

Glen Davis was one of the one's who voted No at first, but showed his support Tuesday night, by reading a statement and voting Yes.

Councilwoman Evelyn Pugh stuck by her opinion and voted the position down, once again.

She was joined by councilmen, Skip Henderson and Mike Baker.

The proposal was passed with several amendments, with input from each council member.

"That's what it takes for you to work through things," added Barnes.

The Crime Prevention Director will oversee a seven member board.

We're told the director's salary will range from $51,000 to $78,000 (city pay scale: 22).

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