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Posted: December 8, 2010 8:52 a.m.

Meet Porterdale's new police chief

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Sworn-in: Chief of Police Geoffrey Jacobs, left, was sworn in by Porterdale Mayor Bobby Hamby.

Geoffrey Jacobs was sworn-in on Tuesday as chief of police for Porterdale.

"I think we’ve got a great community here and a very professional police department," he said. "I hope we can find ways to make it better."

Jacobs was sworn in by Mayor Bobby Hamby at City Hall, with several city officials and members of the Porterdale Police Department present.

Jacobs served on the Snellville City Police Department for 27 years as uniform division commander, and served temporarily as chief of police six years ago.

"I retired in August," Jacobs said. "On Friday the 13th, in fact. I planned to stay retired, but I missed the police work. I spoke to several people who spoke really highly of (Porterdale), and I thought this is perfect for me right now."

Jacobs also stated that he thought the opportunity in Porterdale would be the perfect way to wet his feet and improve his leadership abilities.

He graduated from the FBI National Academy in

Jacobs and his wife, Jackie, have two daughters and four grandchildren. Outside of work, Jacobs is a musician, playing guitar and drums. He’s also an avid surfer.

“Porterdale seems like a great community,” Jacobs said, “and they deserve a professional police department.”

1999, and joined the Navy at 35, where he served in intelligence. He has also attended police academies in Florida and in Georgia.

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