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New Police chief, others hired at City of Madison

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A newly hired police chief is among four major personnel changes occurring at the City of Madison, City Manager Tim Bennett announced.

Madison County native Ken Moore, a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and based in FDLE’s Miami office, will become the city’s new police chief in August 2015 following his retirement from FDLE.

Moore, who has 32 years of law enforcement experience, is a former Marine Corps infantryman, probation officer, state attorney’s office investigator, and Homestead, FL police detective.  For the past 13 years, he has served with FDLE in Miami and conducted investigations into public corruption, major drugs, money laundering, and economic crimes.  His current assignment is supervising investigations of officer-involved shootings.

He replaces Madison Chief Gary Calhoun who resigned in November 2014.  Meanwhile, Captain Willie McGhee has served as interim Madison police chief and will continue in this role until Moore’s arrival in August.

Other personnel changes:

  • Kim Frazier, of Greenville, is the city’s new utilities billing supervisor in charge of billing and collecting utility payments for water, sewer, natural gas, and sanitation services provided to city and county customers.  She also is in charge of the city’s front-office operations and additionally serves as the liaison with the city’s natural gas consultant Energy Vision.  Frazier joins the city following 18 years with Bank of America in Valdosta and in Madison.  She fills the Madison vacancy left by 30-year employee Debbie Thompson who resigned to take a position at North Florida Community College.
  • Lanee Ann Pike, of Pinetta, will serve as the city’s human resources officer, and in addition to this duty, also will handle employee payroll, workers compensation, health, dental and vision insurance, and business licenses, and also serve as administrative assistant to the city manager.  Pike joins the city from Best Buy in Valdosta where she served in customer service and in an Operations position where her duties included in-processing of new employees, conducting employee orientation, and handling payroll.  Pike will fill the vacancy to be left by 17-year employee Paula Jarvis who will retire in June.
  • Assistant City Manager Juan Williams adds Wastewater Department superintendent to his other duties that include fire inspector for the city and county; safety officer for the city whose duties include conducting the city’s employee safety program and serving as liaison with the city’s insurance carrier in reporting and tracking external liability claims; assisting in Code Enforcement; serving as the city’s Equal Employment Opportunity officer; serving as the city liaison with local pastors, other community leaders, and the city’s Police Department in developing and implementing the city’s Community Policing program; and assisting in the city’s Community Development Block Grant program and other projects.  As the new Wastewater superintendent, he replaces Stan McCreary who resigned in mid-2014.
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