“I’ll do the best I possibly can,” Edwards said after the announcement at Monday’s meeting.
Edwards has more than 30 years of experience with the department. This experience includes work in corrections, patrol, as a detective and as a school resource officer, according to Capt. W.G. Campbell.
“He was Charleston Elementary’s first SRO,” Campbell said.
Edwards said he had begun reading through the cases for his new office. He said it would take him some time to get used to his new position.
“It’s a tidal wave for me right now that I am totally unfamiliar with,” Edwards said.
However, he said he is eager to do well in this new role.
Also during the meeting, 4th District Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones asked members of the animal control committee and the Commission to let her know what additional information they wanted from SPCA of Bradley County and the Ark of Cleveland.
Peak-Jones said she would be notifying the organizations of the requests before the next Commission meeting.
First District Commissioner Terry Caywood wanted more information on the cost to renovate a county-owned building to serve as an animal shelter.
“Since they both suggested they could do it for $40,000, would it be possible to get them to give us some kind of breakdown of the materials?” Caywood said.
Fourth District Commissioner J. Adam Lowe reiterated his desire to see documentation from potential partners committing to being a part of the project.
New committee appointments for the Commissioners will be approved as part of the consent agenda at the Commission’s voting session on Oct. 7.