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Lilburn installs retired vet from Atlanta PD as new chief

LILBURN — The city of Lilburn has a new police chief.

Bruce Hedley, a retired veteran from the Atlanta Police Department, was installed Monday night by Mayor Diana Preston as the city’s police chief, succeeding John Davidson who was dismissed several weeks ago.

“We are proud to do this tonight,” Preston said before swearing in Hedley, while his family looked on.

Three years ago Hedley retired from the APD and came to Lilburn as the assistant police chief under Davidson. He had previously served as acting chief of police when Davison left.

“It’s been a privilege to serve Lilburn for three years,” Hedley told the crowd gathered here for the regular monthly meeting. “I knew in my heart that it was the best professional decision I will make in my life.”

Hedley added that he anticipates several obstacles in the future, but said he has a great staff to support him.

“I want to say thanks to my many friends and special colleagues here tonight,” he said.

In other business, the Council:

• Heard an update on four major road projects in the city. The Indian Trail/Killian Hill/Lawrenceville Highway project, funded by SPLOST, is set to be finished by June, while the other SPLOST project (Arcado/Luxomni/Lilburn Industrial Way) is scheduled to be through in November. Two federal projects also will be completed in June: Beaver Ruin/Arcado/Lawrenceville Highway and Pleasant Hill/Lester/Lawrenceville Highway.

• Recognized fifth-grader Avery Watson for the “Best of Show” at the Lilburn Woman’s Club “Spring Into Art” competition.

• Announced that May 21 will be the Great American Cleanup day and that May 16 is the start date for the Lilburn Idol auditions.