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Mayor announces new Police Chief

Montgomery’s new interim police chief is Jim Graboys, former Alabama State University Police Chief.

Mayor Steven Reed announced in a press conference Tuesday Graboys will serve in the position.

Graboys worked at ASU from 2012-2019 and reflects on his time at ASU with fondness. Graboys will start on July 15.

In addition, former Mobile police chief Lawrence Battiste IV will serve as the new Special Advisor to the Mayor.

Battiste served as Mobile’s police chief from 2017 to 2021 before taking over as Public Safety Director.

Melanie began her career as a work study student, working in the areas of news reporting, anchoring and news-gathering. After graduating from Alabama State University, she worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV. As a News Director at WVAS-FM, Melanie leads her team to produce award- winning newscasts and talk shows. Her professional achievements includes News Reporter of the Year for a number of years and awards for talk show producer, by the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. She is an active member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Her goals are to expand the reach of WVAS FM into more homes locally, regionally and nationally.