APD promotes 3

Published 2:52 pm Thursday, January 31, 2019

Andalusia Police Department Chief Paul Hudson recently promoted three officers to sergeant.

Kevin Norris is now the sergeant over A Shift Patrol, Don Jordan is the sergeant over C Shift Patrol and Gene Jackson is the sergeant over criminal investigations.

“I think they are all going to do really well in these positions,” Hudson said. “They all did really good jobs as regular patrol officers and investigators and I feel like they will be real assets to the department in their new positions.”

Norris was with the APD for a while before leaving but came back and has been with the department for the past three years. He has a total of 10 years of law enforcement experience.

Jordan has been with the APD for several years and came to the department from Elba, and Jackson has been with the APD since 2014 spending two years as an investigator.

Hudson said that when moving people around like this, he thinks about putting people in the right place that fits them.

“You want to make sure that you put them in a shift where everybody gets along,” Hudson said. “You always want to put that right fit in that position and I think that with what we have with all three of these guys, they will be very easy to get along with. They take pride in their work and they want to make sure that everything is done the right way.”

The certain skills and experience that these three have shown is what Hudson said made him pick them for the job.

“Sgt. Norris and Sgt. Jordan filled in the roles of what we call officer in charge,” Hudson said. “They sort of filled in as the supervisors of their shifts so it helped prepare them to be a supervisor when that time came. Sergeant Jackson has been in criminal investigations and he has been very proactive. He likes to get out and work his cases and try to get the cases solved so the victim will have some justice in their case.

The APD recently lost Chris Byrd who transferred to be the chief of patrol for the sheriff’s department and Sgt. Nick Ireland, who also transferred to the sheriff’s department.