Grantville names new police chief
by Clay Neely
Javier Garcia was named Grantville’s newest police chief Monday by Grantville City Council.
The motion to nominate and hire Garcia was unanimous. While Council Member Leonard Gomez was absent from the meeting and unable to vote on the measure, he was also reportedly in favor of the new chief, according to the other council members.
“I would like to say thank you for the opportunity you have given me,” Garcia said. “I really hope I can bring the community together with the police department. My goal is to partner with the community for positive change.”
The hiring of Garcia comes less than a month following the controversial resignation of ex-police chief Doug Jordan.
Garcia acknowledged the recent turmoil of the Grantville Police Department and made a promise to the audience and members of the council.
“If in six months I don’t do what you expect me to do, then I need to go,” Garcia said. “I’m not going to just sit here and hold a seat and not make the citizens of this city happy.”
The hiring of Garcia includes a $47,000 annual salary along with medical insurance and a take-home car upon completion of a satisfactory background check conducted by Mayor Jim Sells.
“My goal is to stay here and be here for everyone,” Garcia said. “If I can be your chief for 10 years, that’s what I want. Since the beginning of my long journey in the world of law enforcement, I want this to be my final stop.”
Prior to his hiring in Grantville, Garcia served as police chief of the Lumpkin Police Department. This marks the second time Garcia has applied for the position of chief of police for Grantville.
Garcia originally started his law enforcement career in Miami, in 1992, where he worked on a narcotics unit and later was assigned to several multi-agency task forces while working a police search dog.
He expanded his career upon moving to Georgia and worked on several Interstate Crime Enforcement units. Garcia has advanced through the ranks from patrolman to the rank of assistant chief, chief deputy and chief of police.
Garcia has received many certifications over the course of his career, and completed the University of Georgia Management Development Program given through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.