COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Now that his proposed Office of Crime Prevention is official, Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington says the search for its director is on.
"We want somebody that has a college education, somebody that has good people skills that can relate and communicate with people and obviously is qualified to handle this position and we'll set up a screening process and go through that until we find the right one," the Mayor said.
The Mayor will also appoint members of the office's board, including the chairman. But he's clearing the air about his involvement after he gets the foundation laid out."Some folks said I was creating this job for myself- that's the furthest thing from the truth that anyone could say. I won't have any connections to this director or board when I leave office."
A study released this week ranked Columbus 55th out of nearly 400 US cities for its crime rate with one being the worst in terms of crime. The Mayor says that's the whole point of this new office.
"There's too much criminal activity in Columbus and we're going to reduce that."
The Mayor says once he's found the person he feels should fill the director role, he will present them to council for the members to confirm.
If you are interested in applying for the job you can contact the city's Human Resources Office at 706-653-4059.
The Mayor says law enforcement experience is not required for the job.