Warner Robins appoints new acting police chief, continues search for permanent position

Warner Robins named Captain Wayne Fisher as the new acting police chief Monday night.

The appointment came a day later Chef John Wagner retiredafter 31 years with Warner Robins Police.

Warner Robins City Council unanimously approved Fisher, who worked in the department for 20 years and will serve as acting chief for the short term.

Mayor LaRhonda Patrick said the council made the selection internally, choosing from the department’s six captains. She said one of Fisher’s main responsibilities will be to help the city choose its next permanent police chief.

“Along with the rest of our command staff, we have some great people and I hope they will consider being the permanent leader and go through this vetting process with us,” Patrick said at the town council meeting. . “So there are a lot we could have selected, but I chose to select captain Wayne Fisher knowing he will be instrumental in helping us select the permanent leader.”

Fisher will serve for a “short term” and another long-term acting police chief could be appointed later if a permanent chief is not chosen sooner.

“I am humbled and honored to serve the people of Warner Robins in this new role as interim leader,” Fisher said in a statement. “It is a privilege to lead an exceptional group of men and women who have dedicated their careers to protecting the lives of those who live, work, learn, pray and play in our community.”

Fisher is an Air Force Security Forces veteran and has worked in law enforcement for 28 years. He has served in a variety of roles including patrol supervisor, canine unit supervisor, SWAT sniper team leader and trainer.

Brandon D. James