Senoia police chief calls it quits

Thu, 10/02/2008 - 3:31pm
By: Ben Nelms

The city of Senoia is in process of beginning the search for a new police chief. The search comes after the recent retirement of Police Chief Olitta Bennett. Senoia Police Officer Jason Edens has been appointed interim chief.

City Manager Richard Ferry said Wednesday that Chief Bennett submitted her intention to retire in a Sept. 17 letter. Ferry said the former chief had been with the city for more than eight years and had served as chief since 2003. Ferry said Bennett had served in law enforcement for a total of 28 years.

Ferry said the chief’s job description had not been revised in some time. He will soon begin meetings with the city municipal court judge, the clerk of the court and police officers to assess and make any needed changes to the job description. Their work will be followed by the application submission process with a hire coming potentially in February, Ferry said.

Ferry said Officer Jason Edens will serve as interim chief until the new chief is hired.

“In the meantime, we’re in good shape with Jason,” Ferry said.

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Submitted by Resident of Senoia on Thu, 10/16/2008 - 2:44pm.

Way to go Jason Edens! I'm glad he's interim chief and hope he becomes permanent. He'll do much needed good for the town of Senoia! (plus too ladies, he's nice on the eyes!)

Submitted by snotrocket on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 4:57pm.

I'd say Jason has done a great job. Yes he got a DUI and lost a job but instead of taking a carrier ending mistake and making it worst, he took his licks and turned it around. In about 7 years that small town PD has been turned into a real agency, with Edens leading the way more so that the Chief. Jason earned everything he got.

Submitted by Lawdawg140 on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 10:32pm.


Submitted by southerngent187 on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 4:58am.

his DUI was over 5 years ago. he will do a good job as interm chief. we all learn from our mistakes and move on.

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Submitted by masked08 on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 8:30pm.

Fired from Fayette Co SO to Interim Chief in just a few years. Not too bad.

Submitted by depdawg on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 8:38pm.

Former Fayetteville PD K9 Officer, should be ok in the interim, but a DUI charge in PTC will hinder you being a chief anywhere.....

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