The City of Bainbridge announced this morning that Interim Public Safety Director Jerry Carter has been retained as the City’s new permanent Public Safety Director. According to City Manager Chris Hobby, “Jerry has done a tremendous job as the City’s interim Director, more than meeting the expectations that were established when he was appointed on March 19. As we began to consider a search for a permanent Director, it became obvious that we already had our man.”
Director Carter has had a long association with the City of Bainbridge, first being employed on May 30, 1977 as a patrolman. Director Carter would eventually rise to the rank of Patrol Commander within the Bainbridge Public Safety Department before electing to retire on September 1, 2014 seemingly ending a 37 year career with the city. However, in March of 2015, Director Carter was called out of retirement to take over command of the department after the resignation of former Director Eric Miller. Director Carter becomes the City’s fourth Public Safety Director following Director James “Jabo” Duke, Director Larry Funderburke, and Director Eric Miller. Director Carter is the first African American to lead the department which has 53 employees and an annual budget of 3.7 million dollars.