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Police Chief Names Second in Command

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly today (April 9, 2011) announced the hiring of Gerald Couch, a 30 year veteran with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, as his second in command. Couch retired from Hall County Friday, April 8, 2011 and will begin his new position as Major with the Gainesville Police Department on April 18, 2011.

Chief Kelly selected Couch from 28 candidates saying he is extremely knowledgeable about the Law Enforcement Profession, our community and the organizations the department works with to address quality of life issues and criminal incidents occurring in this jurisdiction. "Gerald is a veteran officer who will bring several thousand hours of specialized Law Enforcement training to the Gainesville Police Department ranging from uniformed operations to criminal investigations, as well as, supervision and management of law enforcement operations and personnel. He is highly motivated, has a high level of self-initiative, is invested in our community and wants to do all he can to assist in making our community one of the safest around," Kelly said.

Couch's job will include assisting the Chief of Police in planning and directing day to day operations of the Police Department by ensuring that policies, programs and objectives are achieved while assuring all law enforcement services are delivered in a safe, effective and timely manner to protect life and property of the citizens of Gainesville.