According to City Manager Bill Bruton, Ferrell was one of six finalists from a nationwide search.
The police department has a budget of more than $19 million, accounting for 29 percent of the city’s general fund budget. Lindsey Wiles, a spokesperson for the City of Marietta, said Ferrell’s starting salary will be $140,000. Chief Flynn was paid $151,000 a year at the time of his retirement.
Community-police relations have come under scrutiny in recent years. In 2020, protesters gathered at Marietta Square to decry the murder of Georgia Floyd and call for police accountability nationally and locally.
Cobb County NAACP President Jeriene Bonner Grimes commended the Marietta Police Department for recent improvements diversifying its force.
“They certainly have gotten better, so I’m very hopeful to the future,” Bonner Grimes said. She had no specific comment on Ferrell as leader of the department.
The vote to confirm Ferrell was unanimous.
“I know what he stands for and what he supports for the city: community, policing, mental health — all of the things that I think are important,” said Council member Cheryl Richardson. “I couldn’t imagine anyone better.”
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