TROY, Ala. (WDHN) —After Troy University’s last police chief was fired due to racial comments posted online, they have found a new one.
Newly-hired police Chief George Beaudry said this time things will be different. He plans on moving forward and not living in the past, despite previous issues.
“All walks of life worked with me for me, dealt with all walks of life in the community, and we’re just gonna move forward and build that trust to move forward,” Beaudry said.
Beaudry said his strong points is listening to the concerns of students and being able to communicate effectively with them.
He will focus on providing transparency and communication between students.
Speaking of students, many of them shared their opinions on Beaudry.
Senior Jessica Phillips said being black at a predominately white school made her feel uncomfortable in the past, but now she is hopeful.
“It made me as a black student feel safe on campus, especially at a PWI, so with the new police chief, here on campus I’m hoping to feel more safer,” Phillips said.
Despite all that has happened, Phillips said this will be a fresh start with students.
With two children of his own, Beaudry’s wife, Kelley Beaudry, believes he’s perfect for the job.
“I think he relates well with younger students,” Kelley Beaudry said. “We have two college kids of our own so he knows some of the struggles that goes along with that so I think he’ll be a perfect fit.”