Sylvester police have a new chief

The Sylvester Police Department has a new chief./ FILE

The Sylvester Police Department has a new chief.

Anson Evans, who spent 29 years with the Dekalb County Police Department, most recently comes from spent a brief stint as chief in Jeffersonville, Georgia.

Evans started with SPD in late April and has already done some restructuring.

He said he recognized salary was a real concern for his staff and has already gotten officers a raise that will be effective July 1.

Evans said the raise came after he had to let some people and positions go in the department.

He said among his goals are creating more transparency between the department and the community, boosting the morale internally and starting more community outreach initiatives and programs.

"The transparency with the community is more so than anything. Making sure they're well involved in whatever the police department is doing because we have to change that thought and that attitude process," said Evans.

He said he plans do that by using social media more, creating podcasts for the public and more ways for the public to interact with the department.

Evans' pinning ceremony is next Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

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