Persons nominated Sparks for the position at a Thursday night city council meeting, and he was a unanimous choice for the seven-member panel. A Douglas County native, Sparks will oversee 95 police officers and 30 additional employees.
Womack, 48, was suspended with pay earlier this year during an independent investigation by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office into allegations that he used excessive force against a driver during a high-speed pursuit in March. Womack was cleared of any wrongdoing and returned to work in June. Womack later qualified for early retirement, and Aug. 21 was his final day at work.