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TFS hosts community event for Tallulah Falls police chief



In the spirit of community partnership, Tallulah Falls School hosted a special event for the town of Tallulah Falls on Feb. 5. The late afternoon reception to honor Tonya Elrod, the newly appointed chief of police for the town also served as an occasion to hold a ceremonial swearing-in.

More than 100 people attended the event including family, friends, town, school and other government officials joined by a strong showing by the public safety community. Representatives from the business community including Georgia Power and Tallulah Falls State Park were also in attendance.

“We were delighted to host this event to welcome Tonya to Tallulah Falls,” said President and Head of School Larry A. Peevy. “We enjoy a collaborative town and gown working relationship with our partners in Northeast Georgia. We know Tonya will be an asset to our community.”

Peevy welcomed the crowd and made a few remarks about the history and success of the school.

Tallulah Falls Mayor Teri Dobbs introduced Elrod before inviting Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge B. Chan Caudell to administer the oath to Elrod.

“Tonya's experience, leadership qualities and compassion for all are tremendous qualities that will enhance our town while building on the history of retired police chief Bill Goatcher’s 21 years of service,” Dobbs said. “It is evident by the crowd that we made the right decision.”

Elrod, sworn in officially on the day after being appointed, made a few remarks to the group emphasizing her desire to continue to build on established relationships.

E. Lane Gresham/Tallulah Falls School
Shown, from left, are Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge B. Chan Caudell, Tallulah Falls Chief of Police Tonya Elrod, TFS President and Head of School Larry A. Peevy and Tallulah Falls Mayor Teri Dobbs.