Dougherty County swears in new Police Chief

(ALBANY, Ga)- Friday was the changing of the guard for the Dougherty County Police Department, as Kenneth Johnson took over as the chief.

He has been part of the DCPD since 1988.

Johnson tells us, “I was excited. It’s a dream come true. When I started with the DCPD, would I say I thought I’d get to this point? No. But I’ve worked my way through, where I’ve had other opportunities to go to other places, but I’ve decided to stay.”

Chief Johnson was sworn in during the County Commission meeting Monday morning in front of his family, a journey that has seen him take on many roles in the county police.

One of his first goals as chief will be to strengthen the force.

“My mission is to retain qualified professional officers who are diverse in their way of thinking and dealing with the community as a whole,” says Johnson.

The now Chief Johnson also feels that his well-rounded experience over the years will help him as chief.

He says, “Because I’ve served in all facets of the department, especially with the drug community, and dealing with the community as a whole. And being here from Albany with a 30 year background, means people in the community know me. And I can better serve the community.”

Chief Johnson was named the new Chief of Police during a County Commission meeting last week.