Montgomery Mayor Stephen Reed said it was time for a change of leadership at the police department, and today he accepted the resignation of Chief Ernest Finley, who had served for more than six years.
Reed made the announcement in a news release.
“We are grateful to Chief Finley for his service in Montgomery and his dedication to doing the right thing for our community. His work in implementing community policing activities has increased trust, transparency and accountability in MPD and the city.
“While violent crime rates have risen across the country, Montgomery was much better than other cities of our size; but I’m sure we need to do more and do more. Chief Finley inherited in 2015 It should be noted that Montgomery was the only city in Alabama that was not damaged during last summer’s civil unrest, but the situation and the situation has changed. I am a man and a woman of the Montgomery Police Department and a resident of Montgomery. I think it is in the best interest to change the leadership. “
According to Merley, Finley was sworn in on January 20, 2015 as the 14th police chief in Montgomery. He came to Montgomery in 1986 with the Atlanta Police Department after 29 years.
Finley was born in New York and had a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University before working in New York State and Atlanta Police. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University.