Cochran Police & Fire Chiefs Fired, City Creating New Public Safety Position

COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The City of Cochran is consolidating the two police and fire chief positions and creating one Public Safety Director.

City Manager Ray Gibson tells 41NBC Police Chief Key McGuire and Fire Chief Glenn Lord were given their two weeks notice. He says the city is facing financial issues and the change is for budget purposes. The city will save an estimated $160,000 for all personnel changes that are proposed in the 2014 budget and it will not have to raise property taxes. The budget has not yet adopted and city officials are still working to finalize it.

Gibson says the new director position will make $70,000 per year, including benefits.

City council discussed the change and made the recommendation. The Public Safety Director would manage both the police and fire departments. Gibson says McGuire and Lord are both eligible for the new job.

He also says city council has offered severance packages to both chiefs if they decide to not apply for the job or take a position elsewhere with Cochran. Gibson adds he is working to find jobs for both men.

Gibson says McGuire has been with the police department for 20 years, serving one year as chief, and Lord has been with the fire department for 15 years.

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