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Moon sworn in as PTC’s Police Chief

Above, Janet Moon is sworn in as Peachtree City’s Police Chief by Mayor Vanessa Fleisch. Right, Moon has her badge pinned in on by colleague Suwanee Police Chief Mike Jones. (Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn)

IMG_1631aA new era in Peachtree City was ushered in Thursday night with the swearing-in of Janet Moon as Police Chief.
Moon brings a wealth of experience to the post, most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Suwanee. It speaks to her reputation that Suwanee’s chief was on hand to pin on Moon’s new badge.
“I’m honored. I’m humbled,” said an emotional Moon upon receiving a standing ovation.
Moon addressed her officers with a message of moving past a tumultuous year that included then-chief William McCollom shooting Margaret McCollom in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.
“Looking in the rearview mirror is gone. It’s a new day,” said Moon. “You have shown your resilience. You have shown you are the phoenix in the ashes. We are moving forward, we are not looking backwards. You are going to be the best of the best. We are going to work together, and we are going to rebuild every bit of trust that has been eroded.”
Moon closed by asking, “Are you with me?” An enthusiastic response from the officers also earned another round of applause from the audience.
Towards the end of the meeting, Moon gave her first report to council based on her impressions from her first nine days in office.
“I believe in community police, community partnerships, and problem solving. I see some wonderful opportunities in Peachtree City to expand upon that,” said Moon.
She touched on a variety of improvements she would like to see within the department, including empowering supervisors to make their own decisions in a timely manner, forming a succession plan, encouraging officers to seek and obtain higher education, and fusing the department into the fabric of the community.
Moon recounted meeting with the New Neighbors League, as she is a new resident herself. Upon hearing that they get a list every month of the new residents in town, she asked if she could see the list too.
“I want to send an officer to knock on the door and say ‘Here’s my business car. I want to be your personal police officer. I have a face and I have a name. Welcome to Peachtree City.'”
For Moon, Thursday night was her formal welcome to Peachtree City, one that could lead to a strong partnership for years to come.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.