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Athens Groups Call For Town Hall Addressing Police Chief Selection

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The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement will host an Oct. 4 town hall meeting to address the selection of a new police chief and the creation of a citizens advisory board.

Following the departure of former chief Scott Freeman, AADM is expressing concern that reforms Freeman sought to implement, like the community policing model, were not welcomed by the police department.

“We want to support the County Managers decision and ACCPD during this transition but can not move forward in good faith without collaboration or open communication.”

AADM is joined by Athens for Everyone and Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition in calling for the town hall “to gain mutual understanding and to start a much-needed conversation about sound governance.”

The town hall will be held Oct. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Hendershots, and will be moderated by Blake Aued. Local elected officials, County Manager Blake Williams, and “key stakeholders” have been invited, according to AADM President Mokah-Jasmine Johnson.