MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Mayor Sam Jones announced the City of Mobile's PoliceDepartment has a new leader.
Deputy Chief Michael "Tyrone" Williams will serve as the newChief of Police.
"I am humbled by this honor," said the 21-yearveteran of the department.
Chief Williams climbed the ranks starting off as a policeofficer.
During his speech, Chief Williams talked about "equal treatmentby police" and said, "We are not perfect but we are striving to bebetter."
"I love this city and I love God's people. We stand ready to bethe very best," he said.
The room was full of police officers from past and present,former Police Chief Philip Garrett, city council members, and evenformer Mobile County Sheriff Tom Purvis.
Chief Williams said he plans to send out surveys to the publicto gage its perception of the department. Williams also statedhe'll work to fight juvenile crime.
The new chief called former Chief Garrett a mentor.
Garrett promoted Williams while in the department. He said themayor made a good choice, and that he was proud of Williams.
"Mobile has a great new leader," added Garrett.
Williams new job will begin March 2.
The job has been vacant since Phillip Garrett stepped down inOctober 2009, citing health problems. Deputy Chief Lester Hargrovestepped up as interim chief since then.
Eight candidates were considered for the job. Of those eight, acommittee was assigned to narrow the list to three choices. MayorJones then selected his choice for the position.
Chief Williams will be over 500 sworn police officers.
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