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JPD Adds New Administrative Position

By Caitlyn Jones
By cjones@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- The Jackson Police Department has added a new position to help in the Chief's office, but the Criminal Investigation Division is losing a commander in the process.

Chief Gill Kendrick appointed Lt. Melinda Wyatt as his executive assistant, Monday. He said her new job will be to research and bring successful programs to the department that help prevent crime.

Lt. Wyatt was the commander of the Auto Theft and Financial Crimes Unit. Chief Kendrick said the department will not be hiring a replacement, but instead give her former duties to another commander.

"It's not the fact that they will totally be removed from crime in Jackson because they will still be involved in crime in Jackson as far as looking at ways and means that we can better enhance the current criminal trends that we're seeing," said Chief Kendrick.

He said this is not a promotion, but rather a shift in positions. Chief Kendrick stressed Lt. Wyatt is not getting a raise or any added benefits.