Scott named permanent police chief

Tony Jones and Lonnie Scott
Lonnie Scott is taking over as permanent police chief after Tony Jones filled the role for more than a decade.

Acting Chief of Police Lonnie Scott will permanently lead the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) as former chief Tony Jones transitions to be the city’s special adviser for juvenile justice and community support programs, the City of Gainesville announced Wednesday afternoon. 

The city’s announcement said a swearing-in ceremony would come shortly. 

In January, Jones switched from chief of police to Gainesville’s chief operating officer on an interim basis, placing Scott into the active chief role. The change came as part of a restructuring process helmed by interim City Manager Cynthia Curry. 

At the time, the city planned to keep Jones in the role until a search concluded for a permanent chief operating officer. 

Jones, who first joined GPD in 1975, served as assistant city manager in 2005 and took the reins of the police department in 2009. Scott has served in law enforcement for 37 years, including a stint in Tallahassee.

“Chief Scott brings decades of experience in the operational management of a police department, developing a well-trained workforce and ethical police force, and knowledge of violence intervention and prevention,” Curry said.

The new chief operating officer position will remain empty for now. Curry created the position as part of the restructuring that included consolidation of some departments, renaming of Financial Services, and terminating three assistant city manager positions

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Eddie james

Well I don’t think that Tony should not been replaced because high volume of shooting around the city I just don’t feel that that wasn’t right at all to do that it should have been a better solution besides changing the chief position Because number one chief Jones got out amongst the community every time it’s a crime or shooting take place he He comes on Location not one time seen chief Scott visit any crime scene or walk around the community to get to know the public better or community or to talk with anyone in the neighborhoodThat was not the solution to change position it should have kept chief Jones

Last edited 2 days ago by Eddie james