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Adairsville police chief resigns - Lt. A.E. Gillman sworn in as interim chief

The Adairsville City Council named an interim police chief Friday following the abrupt resignation of the police department’s previous top cop.

Lt. Arnold E. Gillman was sworn in before noon at City Hall. He will assume the duties of former Adairsville Police Department chief Robert Jones, who cited health reasons when he stepped down Wednesday, but did not elaborate.

“I’m honored and a little shocked to be given the opportunity to lead the department in the direction I think is best for the officers and the city as well,” Gillman said.

He was one of two favorites for the temporary position following the council’s meeting Thursday night, said City Manager Pam Madison. The other candidate, Lt. Matt Fowler, heads up the department’s Investigations division.

Gillman, a Calhoun resident, has been with APD for three years and commands the patrol division and tactical operations. He’s been in law enforcement for 17 years, with a previous stint at the Calhoun Police Department.

“Gillman supervises a larger number of employees,” Madison said of the council’s decision.

She indicated the city will be seeking external candidates for police chief, but said a final decision hasn’t been made. She said neither Gillman nor Fowler are interested in pursuing the position permanently.

A local committee comprised of Madison, a police chief from another Bartow County city and a community member will be tasked with finding the new hire.

The council directed Madison to contract with the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police to start the search. The open position will be posted on its website,, as early as next week.

The agency will assess the applications and narrow the list to three candidates, from which the committee will select a recommendation. The city council will make the final decision.

The process is expected to take eight to 10 weeks.

Staff Writers Carolyn Grind rod and Brande Poulnot contributed to this report.

Previously posted: Adairsville Police Chief Robert Jones left the department Wednesday with a resignation effective the same day.

City Manager Pam Madison said Jones cited health reasons, but did not elaborate.

He had been with the department of total of seven years and police chief for more than three years. Jones started his policing career with the Rome Police Department, according to his LinkedIn profile.

A lieutenant is now heading up the police department, which has patrol and detective divisions.

Madison said the Adairsville City Council at its meeting tonight will hold an executive session to determine the process of hiring a new police chief and if an officer will be named interim chief.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at Adairsville City Hall, 116 Public Square in Adairsville. While the business meeting is open to the public, executive sessions are not.