By: Dorothy Sherman
AUBURN, AL - It's a mix of emotions. That's how Paul Register described his feels on officially becoming Auburn's Chief of Police, effective Monday.
"I'm excited for the opportunity. I guess relieved," Chief Register said. "I've been serving in the role of acting Chief. And, now coming in and reforming the duties on a full time basis. I think it's like a move forward."
Last month Auburn announced Register would become the Police Chief, replacing Tommy Dawson. At that time Register was serving as Assistant Police Chief, and acting Chief for Dawson, who had been on medical leave for four months. Register said working as interim helped him prepare for his Chief duties.
"it was a nice time for me to slowly get into the role," Chief Register said. "Now I feel like I'm comfortable with everything."
Chief Register has been with the Auburn Police Department for 25 years. He has worked in almost every division. And, some said that experience will help him in his new position.
"he brings a lot to the table, a lot of knowledge, a lot of experience, and that's so vitally important today when you're talking about crime fighting and saying ahead of the game," Auburn Police Captain Tom Stofer said.
Chief Register said he'll continue to push the same incentives that were pushed by former Chief Dawson.
"anytime we can improve on what we've already done, that would be the goal," Chief Register said. "Even though we've had some stats go down, some things have decreased as far as crimes and traffic accidents. We're not satisfied. We want to continue to do better so we'll keep working in that direction."
Chief Register said he's looking forward to the challenge of his new role.
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