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Jake Sutton returns as Milner police chief

Former Milner police chief Jake Sutton beat out six other candidates interviewed over the past two weeks by Milner city council and will be offered the police chief job beginning in January. Sutton served as Milner’s chief 15 years. Should he accept the job, he will replace outgoing chief Brad White, who is leaving in January to rejoin the Lamar County sheriff’s office. A resident of Zebulon, he is now a battalion chief for Clayton County. ”We were impressed with all the folks who applied for this job,” said councilman Fred Stephens. “They all had great credentials.” In addition to voting to offer Sutton the job after a brief closed session, council praised White for the job he has done over the past few years. ”Sheriff Waller trained him and he wants him back,” quipped councilwoman Betty Wilson. Mayor Joe Bostwick said he looked forward to reestablishing good relations with the sheriff’s office. Waller agreed, promising backups and “147% support in looking after Milner” for the new chief. ”We had chief White for a long time,” said Waller. “He’s grown a lot while in Milner. As a lifelong law enforcement officer, he’s done a first class job everywhere he’s gone.”

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