Pepper Mock announced as new Geneva Police Chief

Updated: Aug. 9, 2021 at 10:01 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Tuesday Geneva Mayor David Hayes announced the city’s new police chief will be Pepper Mock. Mock will be sworn in as chief on September first at City Hall.

“I’m following some big footsteps of people who walked here before me, but it means a lot to have the opportunity to try to make life better every day for the police officers that work here and the men and women who work here, but for the community also,” Mock said. “You know by making their job better and helping them find ways to get better and do their job better, it’s going to transfer to the street.”

Hayes is turning to Dothan Police Lieutenant Pepper Mock. Mock joined the department in 2005 and had worked his way up the ranks over the last 16 years handling a variety of roles including service on the special response team. Mock was selected out of about 10 candidates.

“I love this city and I’m ready to go to work,” Mock said.

Mock ran for sheriff of Geneva County in 2018 but was defeated by incumbent Tony Helms.

Mock is a 2001 graduate of Samson High School. After high school he enlisted in the Alabama Army National Guard. In 2007/2008 he was stationed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mock and his wife Amber have three children and are active in the Geneva community.

“Ultimately, it’s to get to serve my hometown where my children are growing up, where my family is everyday,” Mock said. “You know, we put a lot of time and effort into this job and to be able to do that at home, you cant compare to that.”

As the next Chief of Police, Mock plans to put training at the forefront.

“Training is always a top priority, if you expect someone to give everything they have you’ve got to give a lot back to them,” Mock said.

Geneva Mayor David Hayes said Mocks energy, faith and experience in dealing with drugs and crimes in a larger city was one of the main components in him standing out.

“He knows the main ins and outs of the drug trait and drug trafficking, and if he can do it in a large city he can certainly do it in our small town,” Mayor Hayes said.

Mock will also see a salary increase from what the job currently pays, the Geneva city council approving an increase in the new chief’s salary to $75,000. This is more than current Chief Tony Clemmons pay, by about $10,000.

“In the interview process we did find out that salaries around other cities were outrageous,” Mayor Hayes said, “We knew we couldn’t compete with that, but we could come close but the council knows the problems we are having and they were willing let’s put up and get what we can do to combat it.”

News 4 did request a copy of the new chief of police contract, but was told they do not have it right now.

News 4 also confirmed two other employees turned in their retirement notice in the department this week.

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