News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, May 20, 2013
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's the first of its kind in the city of Waynesboro -- a town hall meeting.
While the turnout was not as large as expected, Mayor Pauline Jenkins says it's still important to offer people the opportunity.
"I'm encouraged, and I think it went well because the questions that were asked we were able to answer," Jenkins said.
And while most of the questions concerned jobs, property values and city growth, this question got a lot of attention.
"So far, he's been on the job for about two weeks?" asked a resident, talking about Waynesboro Police Chief-Elect Augustus Palmer III.
Some say Palmer is already working in Waynesboro.
"Chief Palmer will be here officially on May 27," Jenkins said.
So why do some think he's already started the job?
"He's been in and out of the city communicating with the citizens and getting to know people and getting to know places in our city. So, I'm ecstatic -- I'm just waiting for him to come and officially start," Jenkins said.
And while the mayor's excited about the new chief coming, she says she's more excited about what he will bring to the police department.
"Integrity, honesty, fairness, and most of all, I hope he will be able to rebuild the morale we once had in our police department," Jenkins said.
And what they hope to have again -- a week from Monday.
The Waynesboro Police Department has been hit hard with seven resignations in the last few months. Many were sparked after the former chief, Alfonzo Williams, left for a job at the Richmond County School System. The mayor says everyone is welcome to the town hall meetings, which are held before the second council meeting of each month.