All was relatively quiet on the first day for the new, consolidated Bibb County Sheriffs Office.
Its been very quiet, about what wed expect on a holiday, Sheriff David Davis said. Its just been routine.
But for several deputies and civilian workers, that routine has undergone some changes. Wednesday marked the first official day of the Macon-Bibb County government, and the last of the citys former police officers were sworn-in Tuesday as deputies with the sheriffs office. Now, the sheriffs office has nearly 800 total employees -- more than 600 deputies and about 160 civilians.
For many, the biggest changes will be in jurisdiction. Some former police officers, for example, will now respond to calls from unincorporated areas of the county -- areas they were not necessarily familiar with as city police officers, Davis said. Still, the job remains the same, he said.
Their jurisdictional lines have changed some, he said. But their day-to-day work hasnt changed.
In the short-term, the challenges involve making sure everyone is properly equipped and working out employees schedules, Davis said.
But as we move forward, he said, were making adjustments as needed.
But, judging by the official first day, the transition is smooth so far, Davis said. After all, officials have been planning for this day for about a year, Davis said.
Officials had planned a new organizational system for the consolidated law enforcement, and everyone knew where to go and what to do when the day came, he said.
Now, the sheriffs office is looking forward to the new year, Davis said.
Its been an all-year process to get us where we are today ... and its really working, he said.
To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.