BALL GROUND — A new chief of police is now heading the city police department in Ball Ground.
Chief Bryon Reeves, who was with the department for eight years before assuming the chief’s job, was sworn in at the July 8 meeting of the mayor and city council.
Reeves has a range of experience and said he was “groomed” for the job by retired Chief Dana Davis, who spent 13 years of his 30-year career in law enforcement working as Ball Ground’s chief of police.
“Chief Davis has taught me a lot,” Reeves said. “He’s taught me a lot about budgeting and sent me to a lot of training.”
Reeves started with the department as a patrol officer in 2005 and was promoted to a lieutenant a few years after. He graduated from Fairmount High School in 1991 and first worked in law enforcement with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
Reeves said, as chief, the main thing he’d like to update is the policy manual. Reeves said since the chief also serves as a patrol officer during the daytime, there’s not much time to work on other things.
“Chief Davis has done an excellent job bringing (the department) up-to-date and to where it needed to be,” Reeves said. “Our policy manual’s kind of dated; finding the time to do that stuff is kind of hard.”
During his career, Reeves also worked with the Department of Transportation, the Georgia State Patrol and at the Governor’s Mansion as executive security.
Reeves said the department is budgeted for three officers and now has two, but said he hopes to fill the third spot in August.
Reeves spoke highly of the other officer, Kim Murphy.
“She does well, she does a good job,” Reeves said. “She came from Pickens County with a lot of experience. I feel confident in her abilities; she does a very good job.”
Reeves lives with his wife Kellie, and two children, Seth, 12, and Emily, 9, in Fairmount, and said he and his wife are celebrating their 19th anniversary in September.