Adairsville’s new police chief starts job

New police Chief Mike Jones comes to Adairsville after 31 years with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.
Mike Jones, a 31-year employee of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, was named Adairsville police chief by the Adairsville City Council Monday.

Jones brings an impressive resume to the job.

In 2013, he was promoted to major of the GCSO Enforcement Bureau Command, where he supervised 60 patrol officers and was responsible for the bureau’s budget. More recently, he served as training director and major over the Internal Affairs Bureau.

“Chief Jones’ nomination was confirmed by the City Council at its organizational meeting on Jan. 8 and he officially started on Jan. 9,” City Manager Pam Madison said. “His management experience in all areas of law enforcement makes him a valuable asset to the city and the department.”

Jones assumed APD’s top job following the death of former Chief of Police Rick Townsend last month.

“In the 18 months he was here, Rick really did a lot for the police department and the city of Adairsville,” Jones said. “I want to continue to build on what he started.”

Among the things Jones said he would like to prioritize is a policy review to make sure that everything is in line to protect the city and making sure his officers have the latest training in crisis intervention and use of force.

Another goal is to make the police department accessible to the public, an issue that he seems to have already begun.

“Yesterday, I walked around the downtown area and went into shops introducing myself,” he said. “The community support was mind-blowing. People on the street, the shop owners, everyone was so friendly. It feels good to have that kind of support.” 

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