Anthony Pressnell Appointed as Athens Police Chief: A Resounding Decision by City Council

Anthony Pressnell Appointed as Athens Police Chief: During the Athens City Council meeting on Oct. 23, a unanimous decision led to the appointment of Anthony Pressnell as the Police Chief of the Athens Police Department. In accordance with state law, the police chief is a city council appointment.

Following the decisive vote, Pressnell garnered a standing ovation from attendees, including numerous members of the Athens Police Department. Councilwoman Dana Henry humorously inquired, “Will you be ‘Chief A’ now?” expressing confidence in the choice.

Pressnell had been serving as interim chief since July 17, stepping into the role after the retirement of Chief Floyd Johnson. Prior to his interim position, he held the position of captain over the patrol division since May 20, 2012, and has been with the Athens Police Department since January 3, 1989.

Expressing gratitude for the appointment, Pressnell stated, “I appreciate the city council and Mayor Marks for this appointment. We have a great department that does an outstanding job every day, and I want them to know they have my full support.”

Mayor Marks commended Pressnell for his responsive interim service, emphasizing the importance of public safety. “I look forward to working with Chief Pressnell in this role,” Marks said, highlighting Pressnell’s familiarity with the community and extensive knowledge about Athens. The city anticipates continued excellence in serving and protecting its citizens under Chief Anthony Pressnell.

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