The Bibb County school board hired a new campus police chief Thursday.
Daniel DeCoursey, 52, was named Bibb’s newest campus police chief replacing Russell Bentley, who retired last school year.
DeCoursey, who will start in the new year, has 13 years of school policing experience, he said.
He was the deputy campus police chief in Jacksonville, Fla., for Duval County schools and also worked for the Broward County school system.
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DeCoursey said he is no stranger to a system where guns are brought on school grounds by students.
“It’s happening nationwide,” he said. “This is a great opportunity, and I think I can make a difference.”
The school board also named Clifford Cooks, 48, as the interim principal at Appling Middle School to replace Robert J. Stevenson, who resigned in late October.
Cooks, who was a Greenville, Fla., elementary school principal, said he will start immediately.
Also hired Thursday were Terri Walker as Burghard Elementary’s temporary principal and a former schools superintendent, Iwanda Dickey, will be interim principal at Rice Elementary.