CANTON — The Canton Police Department has hired a former captain with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to fill the vacant role of assistant chief.
Mark J. Mitchell, 41, a 20-year veteran of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, will report for duty in Canton on July 22, Canton Police Department Community Outreach Officer Pacer Cordry said in a news release.
Mitchell will earn $74,000 a year at the Canton Police Department, Cordry said.
A swearing-in ceremony is tentatively scheduled July 25 for the new Canton Police employee, who will be second in commander to Police Chief Robert Merchant, Cordry said.
Merchant said in the news release that he was happy to welcome Mitchell on board.
“Mitchell has constantly displayed a high level of personal integrity and demonstrated an exceptional mastery of professional skills,” Merchant said of Mitchell’s career in law enforcement. “He has a calm and even temperament and is known for his high level of energy and enthusiasm for the job.”
Mitchell said he was “honored” and “humbled” to be added to the Canton Police Department’s roster.
“I am excited and look forward to working closely with all of the fine men and women of this agency,” Mitchell said in the release. “I want to help this department to continue to build an organization of which the citizens can be extremely proud, trust and fully recognize that we will be out there every day dedicated and committed to fulfilling the department’s mission of improving the quality of life for the people of Canton.”
Mitchell has a master’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University and finished his tenure with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office as captain in charge of the uniform division.