Kyle Teems, a 22-year veteran of the Emerson Police Department, was sworn in Monday as the new chief by Mayor Al Pallone.
Teems replaces Randy Turner, who left the department after only four months on the job.
“It was a very amicable parting with Chief Turner,” Pallone said. “He is a Polk County native and his family — his wife and four daughters — continued to live in Rockmart until the end of the school year. But the assistant chief position at the Rockmart Police Department came open and he was offered that job, which was a chance for his family to keep their roots in the same place. He was a fine chief and we hated to see him go, but it worked out best for him and his family.”
Teems, a Cartersville native, joined the Emerson force in 1995 after earning a degree in police science from Floyd College, now Georgia Highlands College. He has worked as a patrol officer, assistant chief and interim chief. He is married and has a son and a daughter.