Harlem names new chief

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 4:41 PM
Last updated 4:47 PM
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The city of Harlem has named a new director of Public Safety.

Of 29 applications, city officials chose Jesse Bowman, of Evans, as the Harlem Department of Public Safety director.

“He seemed to meet the qualifications and is a good fit for Harlem,” City Manager Jean Dove said.

Former director Jerry Baldwin resigned Jan. 23, a day after being caught shoplifting from the Wal-Mart in Evans. Assistant Director Chuck Meadows has served as interim director since then.

Mrs. Dove said Mr. Bowman recently retired from Wackenhut at Savannah River Site after 27 years. He also has volunteered for 10 years with the Thomson Community Policing Program, which he headed, and has volunteered with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue.

Mrs. Dove said city officials narrowed the 29 applicants to six, whom they interviewed.

“We interviewed six candidates, and he stood out from the rest,” Mrs. Dove said.

Mr. Bowman will be taking over the position Monday.

A swearing-in ceremony and meet-and-greet with Mr. Bowman is planned, but has not yet been scheduled, Mrs. Dove said.

Reach Valerie Rowell at 868-1222, ext. 110 or valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.


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