Certification wait delays swearing in Glynn Co. police chief

Local News

Jacques Battiste

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Glynn County has had to delay the swearing-in of its new police chief, who’s still awaiting state certification to serve as a law enforcement officer.

Local officials had planned to swear in Jacques Battiste as chief of the Glynn County Police Department Thursday evening. But the event was postponed at the last minute.

The Brunswick News reports that Battiste still hasn’t completed his Georgia law enforcement certification by the state’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

County spokesman Matthew Kent said officials had mistakenly believed Battiste could still be sworn in while awaiting his certification.

Battiste is a former FBI agent who came to Georgia from New Orleans. He will be the county’s first full-time Black police chief.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories