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After just under a 18 months of service, Grady County School System Police Chief Redell Walton has been snatched up by another agency.
It was announced Monday that Chief Walton will begin work July 6 as the police chief for the City of Bainbridge.
The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight reports that in this new role, Chief Walton will oversee all police functions within the Bainbridge Public Safety Department. Deputy Director Frank Green will continue to oversee all department functions in support of Director Jerry Carter.
Grady County school superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard said this week he was not surprised that another agency would be interested in hiring Chief Walton.
“The Grady County School System is losing a great man to the City of Bainbridge. I congratulate Chief Walton and thank him for helping us organize our police department and overseeing it this past year. I really appreciate his hard work and willingness to help make Grady County Schools a better school system,” Dr. Gilliard said.
Walton came to Grady County from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. His previous work experience includes service as School Resource Officer with the Decatur County Board of Education as well as a public safety officer with the City of Bainbridge. He began his career in law enforcement with the Tallahassee Police Department.
Chief Walton is a graduate of Cairo High School where he was recognized as a Senior Superlative and was a member of the Cairo High School Band. During his high school career, he also participated in track and field.
Chief Walton also earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Albany State University.
“I am confident that these years of experience in varying law enforcement roles will serve to make Chief Walton a valuable addition to Bainbridge Public Safety,” Bainbridge City Manager Chris Hobby told The Post-Searchlight.
Superintendent Gilliard said Tuesday, the school system will advertise the vacancy and begin work immediately to fill it.
Walton’s last day with the Grady County School System is June 30.