Deputy Chief Michael J. Register will oversee the 600-employee-plus, $34 million department until an interim chief can be found, Clayton Commission Chairman Jeff Turner said Wednesday. Registers assumes the job today.
Register replaces Greg Porter who was reassigned in a controversial decision Monday to head the county’s 911 operation. On Monday, commissioners voted 3-2 to make the 911 a separate operation and assigned Porter to run the 911 operation. Porter served as police chief for five years and views the move as a demotion and a retaliatory strike for having complained about Turner’s efforts to override his authority while police chief.