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Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom resigns

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Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom resigned from his position Wednesday.

In his resignation to the city, McCollom said, “It was my pleasure to serve with the men and women of the Peachtree City Police Department in the capacity of Assistant Chief and Chief. The City of Peachtree City has every reason to be proud of their police department as the personnel are both competent and professional. I wish each of them the best as they continue to serve the citizens. I have had had two families in Peachtree City – my police family and my personal family. In light of the recent tragedy in my personal family, I need to continue to focus my time and efforts there.”

McCollom accidentally shot and severely wounded his wife New Year's Day. He said he accidentally pulled the trigger in his sleep.

Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard said he'll ask a grand jury to charge McCollom with reckless conduct. When asked why he did not seek a stronger charge Ballard said there is not enough evidence to show McCollom intended to shoot his wife.

“The members of the department have continued to do an amazing job amid the national publicity, speculation, and negativity toward law enforcement that this tragic accident has generated over the past two months,” said City Manager James Pennington. “I know Council joins me in thanking Will for his service. He and Maggie have our best wishes and heartfelt prayers as they focus on her journey back to health.”

Peachtree City will begin a search for a new chief immediately. In the interim, Captain Stan Pye, who has been serving as Acting Chief of Police since January 1, will remain in that position.

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