COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's a controversial new role in Columbus- the Director of Crime Prevention. On Monday, the city's newest top-level employee, Seth Brown, reported to work for the first time.
"I'm excited to be here and to be given the opportunity to make such a big impact on the city of Columbus means a lot to me," Brown told WTVM.
Like any new city employee, Brown spent most of his first day on the job filling out routine paperwork and going through orientation.
Next on his "To Do" list: coming up with a plan of action for the new city office, especially when it comes to money.
"There's guidelines on how that money will be dispersed to private groups and we want to make sure that those guidelines are very strict. There won't be any money going out of this office until we can fine tune every bit of that as to how we're going to allocate those funds," he explained.
"I think one of the mistakes that we'd make is to run out and do this and run out and do that. We have to have a good, thorough plan. One of the first things we have to do is make sure we understand, before any funds come out of this department, what would be the criteria for selecting that," Mike Gaymon, Chairman of the Crime Prevention Board, said.
In the meantime, Brown is making the rounds in Columbus meeting with the Director of Parks and Recreation about extending park hours for mentoring programs and visiting schools that have anti-bullying programs in place.
"I'm just gathering information starting out about what we can do different with what we've got without maybe spending money. We can allocate some thing without having to dip into those funds yet," Brown said.
"A long journey starts with one step. Certainly, having Seth on board is a big step toward what we think is going to be a great journey of us being one of the safest cities in America," Gaymon added.
Brown's office is located on the 3rd floor of the Columbus Government Center.
Next up for him and board is their meeting.
It will be held Wednesday April 21st at 3 PM on the ground floor of the Government Center downtown.
Those meetings are open to the public.