RINCON, Ga. (WTOC) - The Rincon Police Department chief has resigned.
Chief Mark Gerbino resigned from the department on Wednesday, Sept. 11 for personal reasons and to pursue other opportunities, according to a news release from the police department.
This will be the third chief to leave the Rincon Police Department in two years.
After talking to several residents off camera, some say they still didn't know about it, but some say they are upset to see another chief go.
With how fast Rincon is growing, residents like Harold Johnson's main concern is the police department staying strong despite surprise changes and he says he didn't know much about the former chief anyway.
"To tell you the truth, I don’t have an output on that because I don’t know about him, you know what I mean. As far as I know and as far as I’m concerned, he was doing a good job. I don’t know of anything bad or anything good,” Johnson said.
Lt. Jonathan Murrell has been named acting chief. Murrell has been in law enforcement since 2009 and employed with the Rincon Police Department since 2010.
The changes were announced at a meeting on Wednesday.
Rincon Mayor Ken Lee released a statement, saying, “We appreciate Chief Gerbino’s efforts during his time with the Rincon Police Department and wish him the very best.”
The city and police department passed on the chance to speak in an interview.
Right now, the city has not released any information regarding next steps with another police search or application process.
Some other changes include Sergeant Daniel Thompson taking over as acting Operations Commander and Officer Brad Hayes assuming the position of K-9 Sergeant with additional administrative duties.