Head of local drug task force retires, replacement revealed

Sgt. Stinson after a recent drug bust
Sgt. Stinson after a recent drug bust

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren has announced who will be replacing Sergeant Rick Stinson as head of the Metro Narcotics Task Force.

Stinson is retiring at the end of this month after 33 years in law enforcement.

Lieutenant Charlie Kennedy has been selected to oversee the Task Force which polices illegal narcotics in Muscogee County, Harris County and over the river in Russell County, AL.

Kennedy currently heads up a squad in the Columbus Police Department's Robbery, Assault and Homicide Division that handles all of the city's major crimes.

Sergeant Stinson has been working drugs in the Columbus area since 1985. He was one of the original members of the Metro Narcotics Task Force when it was founded in 1989. He was appointed head of Metro in 2003.

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