Cordele’s “interim” police chief to stay longer
Captain Jalon Heard's resignation is delayed until new hire is made
CORDELE, GA – Friday was supposed to be Captain Jalon Heard’s last day with the Cordele Police Department, but now the interim chief says he will stay with the force until a permanent hire is made for the post, and he won’t discount his own candidacy.
Captain Heard had initially applied for the jobs months ago after the departure of former Cordele Police Chief Lewis Green.
Heard was reportedly considered one of the finalists for the top job, until former Police Chief Mike Hathaway was ultimately selected for the position.
Chief Hathaway quickly brought Heard aboard as the department’s Patrol Commander, but both tendered their resignations last month following ongoing disagreements with the newly elected City Commissioners and Chairman Joshua Deriso.
Heard wanted to walk out the door with Hathaway that day, but city officials required a two week notice from Heard, making him the interim police chief for his final two weeks.
Heard now says he can’t leave the department in good conscience without leadership, and will stay on until a permanent hire is made.
Heard believes he’s one of 35 potential candidates for the position, but says if he’s offered the job, he will only accept it with the stipulation that he won’t have to deal with the continuing meddling Hathaway endured.
No word as to when a decision will be made regarding Cordele’s next Chief of Police.