Atlanta mayor nominates police chief

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ATLANTA — Performance and morale in Atlanta's police department have improved under the leadership of interim chief George Turner, Mayor Kasim Reed said in announcing his appointment of Turner to the permanent job.

Reed, who made Turner interim chief when he took office in January, said at a news conference announcing the appointment today that crime in the city has declined with Turner in charge.

Turner, whose appointment is subject to the approval of the city council, won the recommendation over two other finalists: Cecil L. Alexander, director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and Robert Crump White, chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department in Kentucky.

Reed said the other candidates told him they would need at least three months before presenting an action plan.

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