2018-06-13 / News

Walker to lead Wadley Police force

DIANA ROYAL


Tommie Walker, City of Wadley's new Chief of Police Tommie Walker, City of Wadley's new Chief of Police A veteran sheriff’s deputy is trading in his lieutenant brass to be the top cop in a neighboring city.

Burke County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tommie Walker officially became the Chief of Police for the City of Wadley following the municipality’s meeting on Monday night, in which council approved Walker’s employment and swore him into office.

By Tuesday morning, he was already on the job and looking forward to leading the agency in Jefferson County, an area where Walker grew up. “I had the desire to go back, but ultimately I left it up to God and His will for my life,” Walker said. “I loved working in Burke County, but my heart was still where I was raised. I wanted to help bring togetherness between the Wadley community and law enforcement.”

Improving that bond between the public and those who patrol is something Walker dove into last March when Sheriff Alfonzo Williams assigned him to oversee the department’s Community Service Division. In this position, Walker made sure the agency had open communication with its citizens through a series of public “Let’s Talk About It” seminars. He also planned and executed a now annual countywide Easter egg hunt, as well as other youthrelated activities and events including the Explorers Program.

Walker, who will attend police chief school in September, along with various other classes, began his law enforcement tenure in the Burke County Jail in 2003, working his way from road patrol to civil over the years. Former Burke Sheriff Gregory T. Coursey, who was one of many in attendance during Walker’s swearing in on Monday night, said he knew when he hired Walker 15 years ago that the young man would be a great asset to the BCSO.

“The City of Wadley could not have hired a better person for a chief,” he said. “I was never disappointed. Tommie is a great officer, and above all, he is a Christian. I told the mayor and council I recommended and support him one-hundred percent. BCSO lost a great man. Wadley gained a great man.”

While Walker is excited to step right into his new responsibility, the transition is still a bittersweet one. “I’m going to miss working with some of the best people I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with and some of the best citizens that are out there,” he said. “Burke County will always have a place in my heart.”

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