News 12 at 6 o'clock / Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW) -- The City of Waynesboro will soon be loosing its Chief of Police.
Alfonzo Williams has been recommended for public safety chief of Richmond County Schools, making it through the first step of the process. However, not everyone in the city is happy about the new position he might take.
"I think it's wrong," said Todd Flake, a lifelong resident of the city.
He's not happy about Waynesboro losing its top cop.
"It just appalls me, that we could lose this man," Flake said.
Flake says Williams has been instrumental in making the city safe again.
"Before Alfonzo came here, I mean, you could see drug dealers on the street corners. The police was scared to drive on the back roads," Flake said.
In fact, he believes it's so safe that he doesn't worry as much about robberies at the business he manages.
"We don't even lock the cars. We don't have to lock our cars," Flake said.
That's why Flake says the city can't afford to lose him.
"If city council and the mayor lets him leave, this town is going back to the way it was and that's going to be hell," Flake said.
And even though this position will be a promotion for Williams with a substantial pay raise, he says it will be tough to leave his hometown.
"It's bittersweet. I was born and raised he in Waynesboro. I grew up in the housing project just down the road here from the police station," Williams said.
Williams still hasn't turned in his resignation and Flake plans on giving him reason not to by organizing a petition.
"I hoping to get at least 500 signatures by Monday," he said.
Flake says the whole community should be trying to keep the chief, but especially one group.
"I'm telling the black people of this city, come to this meeting Monday night, the city council meeting and stand up for your police chief," Flake said.
Flake also says that personal issues are what is keeping some on the council from trying to keep Williams. He says people have the right to hold grudges, but this time, it needs to be set aside for the good of the city.
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