Cobb County public safety official resigns

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- The top public safety official in a suburban Atlanta county has abruptly resigned, saying the police force he led is in crisis.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports Jack Forsythe turned in his resignation letter Monday, saying he was blocked from making needed reforms. He had been selected as the county's public safety director just one year ago.

Forsythe said there's been a lack of funding and resources needed to provide adequate protection for residents of the county just northwest of Atlanta.

County Chairman Tim Lee said Cobb County Fire Chief Sam Heaton has been appointed interim public safety director.

Lee said he plans to ask the Board of Commissioners to appoint Heaton to the position permanently at its Jan. 14 meeting.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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