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Russell Bentley has been hired as the Chief of Bibb County Schools Campus Police.

Ed Judie, Deputy Superintendent of Student Affairs, says histentativestart date is Oct 1. But he says that depends on the HumanResourceDepartmentmaking sure all the paper work is in place.

"We want the best people, the best candidates, who have the best capabilities and skill to tackle our problems that we have within the district," says Judie.

Bentley worked in the position from 2001- 2009.

Most recently, he worked for Safe Havens International as a Senior Analyst. The company recently conducted an audit of the district and found problems with discipline.

Judie says he doesn't see that experience as a conflict of interest.

"He's been recommended for this position and if there was any position that we would have a conflict for, we also would want to vent that through our attorney."

The district has been several incidents, including fights and weapons on school campuses in the last few weeks.

Judie says, "The discipline issues that we have in our community have not just happened overnight."

He says he does not know the salary for the position. It pays based on the district's salary scale he says.

Judie says Bentley was chosen based on his experience.

"Being that someone isfamiliarwith our community, with our stakeholders and some of the incidents, even under his watch, that he'll be able to come on-board with I think on creative ideas working in a collaborative effort with our deputy chief."

When asked if Bentley applied for the position or if district leaders approachedhim about taking over as chief, Judie said,"He must have sought our the position."

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