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June 10--  Friday is the deadline for applicants to apply to be the new police chief in Vidalia.

At its June meeting Monday night, City Council member Kaily Dees thanked members of the department for their service to the city and read a statement on behalf of the council regarding the council's vision and expectations from the person who is hired to succeed Chief Frank Waits.

"The City of Vidalia has a strong history of having visionary leaders.  The expectation of this governing body in search of our next police chief is no different.  Our ideal candidate not only represents a vision for the department, but also embodies professionalism, leadership, trust and integrity, both in and out of uniform.  The new chief's vision and passion for the department and the community are critical due to constantly evolving criminal activity.  Our citizens and the men and women in uniform deserve a chief who is proactive with our community's safety as their top priority.  The relationships that our new chief will form with neighboring law enforcement agencies will prove vital to our area's ability to combat crime and be on the cutting edge of crime prevention.  As the city of Vidalia evolves, so does its citizen's needs.  We expect the best for our citizens and that is exactly what our citizens will receive," Dees' statement said.

In actions at the meeting:

*  The council okayed $7,860 to Georgia State Sidewalks to do repairs to the sidewalk on the east side of Jackson Street from the intersection of Southeast Main Street to the end of the sidewalk on Center Drive.  It also agreed to prioritize and repair sidewalks in other parts of the city in next year's budget.

* Approved $6,000 to pay for the city's share of the Toombs County Comprehensive Plan.

* Gave property owner Richard Ward two weeks to take care of an abandoned pool on Laurel Drive or face it being filled in by a city contractor for $1,200.

* The county heard a report that local sales tax collections are all experiencing upward trends.

* City manager Nick Overstreet reports a Town Hall meeting will be held August 29 at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church.