New chief outlines goals for River Falls department

Published 2:13 am Thursday, November 17, 2016

New River Falls Police Chief Cody Warren isn’t letting the threat of pending litigation keep him from doing his job.

Warren said he’s asked the town council to give him a fair chance and that he wants to work with them to make River Falls a better, safer place.

1117-cody-warrenRiver Falls Mayor Patricia Gunter appointed Warren to the job last week, but members of the town council want to undo the appointment in favor of the former chief, Greg Jackson.

Warren said he understands that all change is difficult, but he does have goals and changes he would like to implement.

“The officers will have a more set schedule,” he said. “It is a desire of mine for River Falls’ residents to know what time of day the police department has officers on duty and when the sheriff’s department will help us,” he said

Warren said he will work 6 a.m. until 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.

The full-time officer will work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Two part-time officers and Warren will work 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Some days, we will have someone here until midnight,” he said.

On the weekends, they will have officers on duty at a minimum from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Warren will also be on call and the sheriff’s office will assist, as well.

“We will continue to use the drug task force for felony drug cases,” he said. “We will work our own misdemeanor drug cases and our criminal cases.”

Warren said he believes in total transparency among the police department, mayor and city council.

“I believe they should know exactly what I spend money on,” he said. “I will complete a monthly financial report, monthly inventory report, and department activity report.”

Warren said he wants to keep the council abreast of any problems the town may be facing.

“These reports are not to meet any quota,” he said. “I just want them to be involved and know what’s going on.”

Warren said he plans to do the job that he was hired to do.

“My goal is to do the best job I can for the town of River Falls,” he said. “I’m big on accountability and I hold myself accountable and my officers accountable.”

Warren has been in law enforcement for more than a decade, and has worked at the Opp Police Department, Covington County Sheriff’s Department, Florala Police Department, Covington County District Attorney’s office, and is currently an investigator with the Andalusia Police Department.

He has previously worked as a K9 officer.

He and his wife, Breanna, have three children.