FOREST PARK — Longtime Forest Park Police Major Jamie Reynolds has been named new acting interim chief.

A press release from the Forest Park Police Department did not mention former Interim Chief Captain Jason Armstrong, nor did it offer an explanation as to why Armstrong was no longer interim chief.

A soure at the department said rank and file officers also were not given any explanation for the change.

In October, the City Council appointed Armstrong interim chief after firing longtime Chief L. Dwayne Hobbs. The council acted after a Clayton News investigation found four out of five arrests for marijuana possession under one ounce were of African-Americans.

According to the press release, “Interim Chief Reynolds is known for his 21st Century approach to policing. His focus is to not only reduce crime, but to foster positive community relations through a variety of community initiatives.”

Reynolds began his career on the force as a patrolman from 1995 to 1997, then was assigned to the Community Oriented Police Services (C.O.P.S.) Unit. In 1998, he was promoted to sergeant, followed by lieutenant in 2000, captain in 2002 and major in 2012.

Reynolds was watch commander for more than three years before moving to administration. He supervises Communications, C.O.P.S., Emergency Preparedness, CALEA, Training, Special Operations and other duties.

Reynolds holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Georgia Military College, a bachelor’s in criminal justice from St. Leo University and a master of public administration degree from Columbus State University.

He also is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Chief Executive Training Class.

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