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A look at the first month as Opelika's new Police Chief

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Chief John McEachern Chief John McEachern

"So far so good," is how Opelika Police Chief John McEachern describes his first few weeks on the job.

Back in February longtime Opelika Police Chief Tommy Mangham was asked to retire by Mayor Gary Fuller. Now 3 months later, McEachern has taken over the job.

"I come in early and I stay late. I look forward to working with all the people here at the Opelika Police Department," said Chief McEachern.

Chief McEachern added that his first month as Opelika's new Chief has pulled him in several different directions, but he's ready to get down to business. First on the list is more interaction with the community.

"I've instructed several of the police officers that when they are not busy or responding to calls to get out of the vehicles and walk and meet people," said Chief McEachern.

He said he has plans for his department to work closely with local businesses, schools and civil organizations to not only build relationships, but also to fight crime.

"I just thinks its real important for a community or town this size for people to work together and be able to communicate face to face," said Chief McEachern.

He also added that his years of experience both as a former Opelika Police Officer and a retired agent for the FBI has given him the skills necessary to grow the department.

"And that's not meant that it wasn't a good department before, but the police department, you know, it has to grow daily because you have changes in personnel, you have changes in the community."

Chief McEachern added that is also important to him to keep up the strong working relationship with area law enforcement, such as Auburn Police and the Lee County Sheriff's office; to continue the fight against local crime.

As far as major staffing duties, Chief McEachern said he doesn't have any changes planned. He said for now he is working towards meeting every officer in the department.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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