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College Park installs new police chief

The City of College Park has appointed a familiar face as its new chief of police.

Ronald N. Fears, 57, who served as College Park's interim police chief since January 2010, was promoted Monday night, in the Council Chambers at College Park City Hall.

"He rose to the top...we supported him to become chief," said College Park Mayor Jack Longino. He added that Fears' experience with the police department, his honesty and integrity make him well-qualified for the position.

Fears is a 25-year veteran of the College Park Police force. He has been in law enforcement for 30 years.

"He has served as deputy chief, CID [Criminal Investigation Division] commander, patrol lieutenant, drug enforcement agent, detective and patrolman," said College Park spokesman, Gerald Walker, in a written statement about the appointment.

Fears is from South Brunswick, N. J., and holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, from St. Leo University.

"Fears' focus includes the inimitable task of policing a city with 20,000 residents, but has a daytime population that swells to 500,000," said Walker.

Chief Fears said he is very excited about continuing his law enforcement career in College Park.

"College Park is a great city," said Fears. "Last night made my heart smile," he said of his installation ceremony.

Mayor Longino, City Manager William E. Johnson, III, and city council members interviewed Fears for the job, and decided he was the right candidate.

The new chief said he looks forward to working with the mayor, council, and city manager.

"The number one thing we think about, day and night, is reducing crime....," said Fears.

He explained that the police department began "Operation Maximum Effort," which seeks to decrease crime having all police units participate in patrolling the streets, and making their presence known. The operation began last October, and will continue throughout the year, Fears said.

"Everybody is involved," he added. "We have a good department...I want us to be one of the best in Georgia," Fears added.