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Jason Barnes has been promoted to chief of detectives for the Fulton Police Department, replacing Andre Cook, who took a job with the state recently.

Jason Barnes has been promoted to chief of detectives for the Fulton Police Department, replacing Andre Cook, who took a job with the state recently. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers selected Jason Barnes as the department's new chief of detectives on Monday, Oct. 28. With Barnes' promotion, Officer Dal Hedges replaced Barnes as a detective, a position Barnes now oversees.

Barnes started serving with the Fulton Police Department nine years ago as a road officer, and was later promoted to sergeant. In February, Barnes will celebrate four years in the detective bureau.

“I've reached a lot of my goals from when I became a police officer, but I guess one of my goals is to make sure that the detective unit, as well as the Fulton Police Department, work to give the best quality to the citizens of Fulton. And we do that. We work really well together,” Barnes said.

Myers said Barnes was the person he had in mind for the job when former Lt. Andre Cook left the position to work for the state, a job he started on Oct. 22. There was about a two-week period, Myers said, between Cook's departure and Barnes' takeover as chief of detectives.

“No one else was interested nor did anyone else have the knowledge or experience that (Barnes) had,” Myers said.

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