MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The man selected by Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam to be the city’s top cop is getting cozy on the Gulf Coast, and speaking with local officials.
Jerry Speziale said he has spoken with District Attorney Ashley Rich and Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran about the challenges that lay before him.
“We did discuss what I thought were some of his challenges,” said Sheriff Cochran about his phone conversation with the chosen candidate. “They have been without a permanent chief for quite some time which causes morale and discipline issues. I am sure they need additional training and experience. I wish him well and hope he is able to handle all of these issues.”
Jerry Speziale, the number two police executive with the New York/New Jersey Port Authority, arrived in Mobile Sunday, September 29 and is scheduled to meet with city council members this week.
Sheriff Cochran said he is hoping for the best, adding that Prichard police and his office work closely together.
“We currently answer calls in their jurisdiction and also process some of their major crime scenes. We also hold their misdemeanor prisoners in our jail for them,” said Cochran.
Mayor Ephriam said Speziale is overqualified to take on the challenges in Prichard.
Speziale’s resume includes deputy superintendent for the New Jersey, New York Port Authority Police, Pasaic Count sheriff in NJ, an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and vast experience with drug operations and investigations.
Records show Speziale is also an author and has advanced degrees in criminal justice and administration.
Mayor Ephriam is expected to hold a press conference this week.
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