"I'm humbled by this and excited about the opportunity we have before us and the program at hand," Brown said after the vote.
As business administrator at Saint Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, Brown manages a budget of more than $3.5 million. A decorated Desert Storm vet, Brown has a degree in finance from Columbus State University and is the current chairman of the local Crime Stoppers.
"His experience working with budgets, working with boards and volunteers and working with the law enforcement community, I believe, make him not only qualified but the best candidate for the position," Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington said.
Brown says his first step once he takes office is to meet with community leaders. He says crime can absolutely be prevented.
"Without the citizens, this will never succeed so we're definitely going to have community involvement and increase the neighborhood watch program. There's some great programs out there now and some great captains that are doing an incredible job right now and I want to see that program move forward also as well as some after-school programs I've looked at in some other states that could be beneficial for the city of Columbus. It's been a passion of mine ever since I've been here to make Columbus a better city," Brown told News Leader 9.
Brown says his first day on the job is set for April 12rh so that he can give Saint Luke Church 30 days notice.
He will be making just over $57,000 a year.