Lloyd turned in his resignation letter Friday, effective immediately, amid allegations he embellished his Navy service during the Vietnam War. He cleaned out his office Saturday, Quigley said.
County commissioners are undecided if they will fill the public safety director position or disband the office altogether. This week, County Manager David Hankerson will appoint an interim public safety director to serve while the board decides, Quigley said.
Cobb Chairman Tim Lee said Friday the board will “evaluate the position and make a decision in a week or two.”
Former Police Chief George Hatfield retired from his position in late April after taking advantage of the county’s retirement incentive. Since that time, Lloyd was serving as chief, while two deputy chiefs, John Houser and Ron Storey, have been overseeing day-to-day operations.
Houser and Storey were selected as finalists for the chief job after the internal search for the position ended April 2. Houser heads the uniform side of the Cobb Police Department and Storey serves as manager of detective operations. Houser has been with the county since 1981 and Storey has been with Cobb since 1986, Hatfield said, and both filled in for Hatfield when he was away.
Quigley said a panel of prominent county figures interviewed both candidates for the position on Monday, and is expected to make its recommendation to Hankerson by the end of this week. Members of the panel include Department of Transportation Director Faye DiMassimo, Department of Human Resources Director Tony Hagler, Fire Chief Sam Heaton, former Cobb Sheriff Bill Hutson and Kennesaw Police Chief William Westenberger.
Hankerson will soon interview the candidates with Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee, Quigley said, and make a recommendation to the board. Quigley said the new chief could be appointed at the board’s Aug. 10 meeting, though it might not happen until Aug. 24.