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City not looking for chief
Search on hold until 'things settle down'
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Forsyth County News
Cumming is not actively searching to find a new police chief.

City Administrator Gerald Blackburn said Tuesday the city is not interviewing candidates and hasn’t advertised the vacancy, which was created earlier this year by the departure of Mike Eason.

“Everybody in the police department would probably apply for that position and the city is just letting things settle down,” said Blackburn, adding that the opening has always drawn high interest.

But Blackburn said candidates won’t be considered until the mayor and city council direct him to start looking.

Eason, who had served as chief since 2002 after retiring from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said he left the post in January at the request of city leaders.

But Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Blackburn have said Eason’s departure came as a surprise and without reason.

In the interim, Cumming Police Sgt. Scott Burgess, an investigator with the department, has been filling in.

Burgess said things have gone well so far.

“Everybody here is working hard to make sure they’re making it as easy on me as possible,” he said. “They’re doing their jobs fantastically ... It’s a good place to work.”

Burgess declined to comment on whether he would seek the position permanently.

The 15-officer police department manages a full-time emergency dispatch center and a jail that houses detainees on city offenses.

Cumming police also provide municipal court administration, regulate all businesses in the city that serve alcohol and issue permits for vehicles-for-hire, or taxis.

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