The announcement was made Monday night, but there will be formal swearing in ceremony, reception and meet and greet Monday, Oct. 21, starting at 4 p.m., before the next City Council meeting.
Since Busby was appointed interim chief, “events have tested his managerial skills and he has shown his mettle,” Muenger said. “There have been a number of situations where he has shown the department and the city how capable he is. He has my support, and I know he will do a great job.”
Muenger said Busby had worked closely with Chief Alan Watson during Watson’s last few weeks on the job, “but has had a high level of supervision experience before that. I believe he has a vision for the department and a short list of accomplishments.”
Prior to coming to Talladega, Busby worked in a family owned business and as a deputy for the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and as a patrolman in Weaver and Oxford.
Busbsy said he began his career in Talladega as a patrol officer, then rose to the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant within the patrol division. He also commanded the department’s SWAT team.
Before being promoted to interim chief, Busby worked as the department’s training coordinator, and in this capacity was instrumental in working with the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
Muenger cited Busby’s involvement in the initial CALEA certification process as being invaluable to reaccredidation and the ongoing monitoring process. “In agreeing to tie yourself to a third party’s standard, you have to stay in compliance as the requirements change and evolve,” Muenger said.
“That will be the big thing, to continue where Chief Watson left off with CALEA,” Busby said. “Certification is not a one time thing, it’s a continuing process. I also want to find ways to get officers more involved and to improve the relations between the community and the police department,” Busby said.
Muenger pointed out that recently approved grant funding for two school resource officers would also help with this goal, although the partial government shut-down has slowed down some of the paperwork.
“Having those officers will increase the level contact between the officers, the students and their parents. It will make the officers more available, and help ingrain the idea that police are there to help when they need it.”
Busby agreed, saying “It’s a higher level of interaction. I also want the officers to be more responsive the unique problems in each part of the city, so they will be better able to solve them. That may sound small, but it's going to take a lot of time to make that happen.”
Busby said he also hoped his promotion could be an example for younger officers. “I’m hoping that some of the officers who are just now starting their careers in law enforcement will see that hard work and dedication really do pay off. I hope that will give them a reason to stay here and to strive.”
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