Created: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:58:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 01:03:02 EST
"It's beyond my concentration. That something like this would happen especially leaving Columbus which I thought I was going to stay and become Chief." -George Potter
Nearly 20 years ago George Potter's wife came to Perry on a business trip...that trip turned into a relocation and Potter would ULTIMATELY become Perry's Police Chief, and later their Public Safety Director.
Before retiring, Potter had the revolutionary idea of using some of the county's old landfill as a shooting range, funded by confiscated currency from drug cases. Now that dream has become reality with the added bonus of being named after Potter himself.
"But I'm really proud and I'm really happy that the dream went through and the tax payers didn't pay for it, the drug dealers did so that makes me even happier." -George Potter
And Potter says the good working relationship between local government and the local law enforcement agencies is what made the range possible.
"I couldn't have done it anywhere else and especially not with the relationship of the mayor, the council, the city manager, the Sheriff, all the chiefs...you'd be surprised." -George Potter.
The George A. Potter Public Safety Training Center will be available for use by local, state, and federal agencies.
Chace Ambrose WGXA