The City of Washington has a new man overseeing its police and fire departments and WITN has learned there are plans to consolidate other city departments as well.
Stacy Drakeford as the Interim Police and Fire Services Director.
The move is part of the city's three year plan to combine the two departments.
According to City Manager Joshua Kay, Drakeford will oversee the police department, meaning no police chief will be named and the current Interim Police Chief, Sandy Blizzard will return his Deputy Chief status. Fire chief Robbie Rose will remain in his current position.
Kay says they are trying out this new system to combine support services for the police and fire departments on an trial basis for the next 12-18 months.
Apparently this is not the only city department Washington plans to combine. City councilman William Pitt says over the next three years the city will cut the number of departments in half to four through consolidation.
Pitt tells WITN News they hope to eliminate some 40 positions through the move, 80% of those through retirement. Pitt says not only will it save the city money, but make city government more efficient.
According to the press release, Drakeford, a recent retiree from South Carolina, has over twenty-five years of experience in law enforcement and fire services.
Most recently Drakeford served as the Director of Public Safety for the City of Clinton, South Carolina. Prior to his tenure in Clinton, he served for eighteen years with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division working through the ranks to the post of Assistant Director.
Drakeford holds a Bachelor of Science from Presbyterian College, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration from Troy University.
Drakeford is a graduate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the Federal Emergency Management Institute Professional Development Program, and the Rural Executive Management Institute.
He is also a graduate of the Fire and Rescue Management Institute at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, holds the National Firefighter Level 2 designation, and has attended numerous National Fire Academy courses.