ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE
Almond Turner began his law enforcement career as an officer with the City of Covington Police Department in 1972. He served as the department’s Crime Prevention Officer from 1974 to 1978. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 1978 and was assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division. In 1984, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and continued his assignment in the division until he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police in December 1997.
Almond Turner was one of the first members of the Covington/Newton County S.W.A.T. Team, serving from 1978 to 1984. He was instrumental in establishing a crime prevention program for the police department, making presentations to businesses, schools, churches, and other civic organizations. In addition, he has been in charge of security for many local events, including The Dixie Boys World Series and the 1996 Olympics. In 2005 chosen as a delegate for the GILEE (Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program) where he travel to Israel and received training on terrorism.
Almond Turner is a 1968 graduate of the Historic R. L. Cousins High School and attended Fort Valley State College as music major, DeKalb Community College, receiving an Associate of Art degree Criminal Justice and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University. He is a 1982 graduate of the FBI National (Quanico, Va.) as well as a 2002 graduate of Columbus State University’s Command College. He is a member of the Georgia Association of Chief of Police and the International Association of Chief of Police.
In 1996, he was elected to the Newton County Board of Education and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He has been appointed by the Georgia School Association to serve on the Georgia School Board Association’s Governmental Operation and the Federal Relations Network.
He is a member of the Community Band, and serves on the boards of the Newton County YMCA, The Newton County Leadership Collaborative and The Newton County partnership for youth.
Mr. Turner was born August 21, 1950, in Covington, Georgia to Lavancy Maxey Turner and the late Almond Turner. He is married to the formal Anita Franklin and they have three children Dwahn, Shaye, Shundra, and eight grandchildren. He is a member of the Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers, Ga., where he serves as a deacon and director of security.