Douglasville police chief fears his job may be on the line - CBS46 News

Douglasville police chief fears his job may be on the line

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DOUGLASVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack said he is catching heat from city leaders after talking to the media.

Womack said his officers are not being paid a fair wage which has led to heavy turnover.

The chief is down 14 officers, which includes three who are on military leave and three officers who are injured.

He said he is concerned for the safety of his officers and fears they will not be able to maintain the same level of service, which could put citizens at risk.

Womack said a city leader told him he did not have permission to talk to the media. The chief says he has been told his future with the police department will be discussed at tomorrow's city council meeting.

City Manager Bill Osborne told CBS46 News Wednesday he had not heard any discussion among city leaders concerning the move to force the chief out.

Womack said it takes up to $70,000 to train a new officer. The department has seen a complete turnover in the past 10 years. Womack said his officers are leaving for higher paying jobs, so he is constantly in training mode.

The Douglasville City Council is scheduled to meet Thursday at 6 p.m.

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