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Fayetteville City Council welcomes new police officer

Santiago Lopez.

By Michael Cuneo – 

Texas native Santiago Lopez is the newest member of the Fayetteville police department, something mayor Edward Johnson and the rest of the city council recognized on at their Dec. 2 meeting.

“Welcome to the city of Fayetteville. You’re joining a police department that we all consider to be the finest police department in the United States of America. We hope that you’re ready to add to and complement [the police department].” Mayor Edward Johnson said.

Lopez, who was born in Texas and raised in Los Angeles, says he spent time traveling between Georgia and California and is excited to get started in his new role.

“I’m really excited to start. I have big shoes to fill and as you mentioned the chief, the captain and the deputy chief are all really great examples and I hope to be half the cop that they are.”

Fayetteville Police Chief Scott Gray touched on his positive first impressions of Lopez.

“When they interviewed him they recommended we hired him and he’s one of those that we truly believe will be a 30-plus-year employee.” Gray said.

Lopez was hired on Nov. 18 and will begin training in Fayetteville’s police academy on Jan 3.

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune