Grady Schools police chief leaving for Bainbridge post


CAIRO — Grady County School System Police Chief Redell Walton will be departing at the end of this month for a new position in Bainbridge.

Walton will begin work as Bainbridge’s new chief of police July 6, the city announced this week. Walton has served as chief of the Grady County School System Police since early last year. His last day with the Grady County school system will be June 30.

“It has been a wonderful experience,” Walton said of his year-long stint in Grady County. “You definitely couldn’t pick a better group of individuals to work with, and I’m going to miss it very much.”

There are currently no plans to name an interim school system chief, said Superintendent Kermit Gilliard. A permanent replacement is expected to be named within the next two weeks, prior to the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year. Gilliard said the school board will advertise for the position and conduct interviews in the coming days.

Prior to his service in Grady County, Walton had served as a patrol officer, a deputy sheriff, a school resource officer and a sheriff’s investigator. He began his career with the Tallahassee Police Department in 1989 before moving over to Bainbridge to serve as a public safety officer the following year. Walton spent four years in Bainbridge, three as an investigator specializing in narcotics-related crimes. He then departed for the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office in 1994, where he served in a variety of positions before arriving in Grady County in 2019.

Walton will oversee all police functions within the Bainbridge Public Safety Department, the city stated in a press release. The department is split between police and fire suppression functions, and Walton’s role will include overseeing the management, supervision and training of officers.

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