By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
The City of Hartwell has hired a new police chief.
At the Hartwell City Council meeting in early November, the council voted to hire Hartwell Police Captain Anthony Davis.
The vote was unanimous and came at the recommendation of City Manager David Aldrich.
Davis replaces Chief Cecil Reno, who will retire at the end of December with more than 35 years of service on the Hartwell Police Force as its chief.
Reno is the longest serving police chief in the State of Georgia.
Davis has been with the Hartwell Police Department for 25 years, 21 of those as an investigator and now as the head of Investigations.
Davis will be Hartwell’s first ever African-American Police Chief.
In addition to Davis, the City Council last week also approved the creation of a new position, Assistant Police Chief.
The council then voted unanimously to hire Hartwell Police Captain Stan Sayers for that position.
Sayers has been on the force for 10 years and said he looks forward to his new role as Assistant Police Chief.
“I’m excited and I’m looking forward to working closely with A.D.,” Sayers said.
Davis and Sayers will soon begin their training at Chiefs School, which is conducted by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council.
Both are expected to take office January 1st.