Twenty-nine-year-old Clayton Green believes Midville’s police chief position offers him a great leadership opportunity.
“I’ve had nearly five years experience managing people and I felt those skills could be used even better working as a chief,” he said of his reason for applying for the position.
The difficult task of implementing a new police department is a job that Green said he wants to see result in a feeling of pride for the city. He will have a say in who the city hires for vacant deputy positions. He has a vision for the city’s new police department that includes transparency.
“I don’t want this police department to be where problem police officers come to work,” he said. “I want this to be a place of respect. I want morals. When people hear of Midville, I want them to have something good to say about the police department.”
Community relations are also on the top of his list. After getting sworn in during the city’s May 3 council meeting, he listened to concerns citizens presented to the panel, including parking and stray dog issues. Although they may seem like small issues to some, Green pointed out that they are important issues to the residents. He wants them to be involved in his job and likewise he wants to make a difference in their lives, he said.
Green started a career in 2011 with the Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer before he graduated from Jenkins County High School.
“I sent myself through the police academy when I graduated high school in August 2012,” he said. “I graduated from the academy in December 2012 and went full time with the Sheriff’s Office as a deputy in Jenkins County.”
In 2017, the JCSO promoted him to sergeant. Green pointed out that he was instrumental in bringing in new technology to the department, including body cams, car computers and electronic tickets.
“Anything regarding technology at the sheriff’s office, I pretty much had a hand in,” he said.
His last day with the JCSO is May12. He begins his new role as Midville’s police chief May 13. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters will continue to reside in Jenkins County.
“I am just 12 minutes from Midville,” he said.