Perry's New Police Chief Touts Experience For New Post
The City of Perry has a new police chief in town but he's not on the job just yet.
Steve Lynn, 57, is still working in the Houston County District Attorney's Office and tying up loose ends before stepping down as an investigator and taking up the job as Perry's new Chief of Police.
"It's a goal that I've worked toward most of my professional career which is 33 years and counting," Lynn said.
Lynn began his career first as a military police officer in the U.S. Army in 1977. After three years, he worked in the Warner Robins Police Department while finishing his degree at Georgia College and State University where he received his bachelors in Political Science. He started off as a patrol officer working the midnight shift and 26 years later he left as a captain to become an investigator for the Houston County District Attorney's Office where he's worked the last five years. He said working at the district attorney's office has helped prepare him even more for his new role.
"It's given me the foundation that I need to know how things should be done, how they need to be done on the court side," he said.
However, it may not be just his experience in law enforcement that's going to help him. Lynn has quotes and pictures on his office wall including Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory” which he uses as inspiration.
"To me it speaks to the importance that you maintain that memory of what's happened before,” he said. “You don't always solve your cases. It's important that you continue to work on them that you have knowledge because we're all a product of what's happened before us."
When Lynn is not on the job, he’s heavily involved with charities including Habitat for Humanity, Civitan and feeding the homeless Macon.
"I think we have an obligation to help people who need help and that doesn't just mean when I'm at work, it also means when I'm away from work and I was raised that way."
Lynn said leaving the district attorney's office is with mixed emotions but he's looking forward to getting acquainted with the police department and serving the city of Perry.
"What I've tried to do is to do a good job every day for the people that I work for."
Lynn is in talks with the City of Perry Manager, Lee Gilmour, about when to start his first day on the job. Lynn said he expects to begin sometime in January.