PORTERDALE — Porterdale Police Chief Geoff Jacobs has resigned and the Porterdale City Council has named Lt. Jason Cripps to serve as acting police chief.
“Chief Jacobs has chosen to resign and it’s all under amicable reasons and negotiations,” said Mayor Arline Chapman. “Lt. Cripps was appointed as acting chief because, naturally, we want to have a smooth transition.”
The Porterdale City Council voted to approve Cripps as acting chief during its meeting Tuesday.
“I personally want to commend Chief Jacobs for what he has brought to the Porterdale Police Department,” Chapman said Thursday, pointing out that he was responsible for initiating the PPD’s Explorer’s Program as well as spearheading the Citizen’s Police Academy.
“That was, of course, a team effort with all the police officers, but the fact remains that he kicked that off. I will always be thankful for that,” she said.
According to Jacobs’ LinkedIn account, he has worked in law enforcement since 1974 when he served as a correctional officer in the Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Department in Miami. He worked as a police officer in a number of agencies, including the Lawrenceville Police Department and as a captain in the Snellville Police Department from 1984 until August 2010. He was named. Porterdale’s chief of police in December 2010.
Lt. Cripps first began working with the Porterdale Police Department in 2000 and then left in 2003 to work with the East Point Police Department. He returned to Porterdale in August 2008.
Mayor Chapman said the City Council has not made a decision yet about finding a permanent replacement for Jacobs.
“At some point in time, the council will sit down to decide how to move forward, but right now we have a smooth and excellent transition,” she said.