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Gainesville Police seeks new No. 2
Sherman retired after more than 25 years of service
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The Gainesville Police Department is seeking a No. 2 in command after Maj. Paul Sherman retired in January, officials said.

Sherman retired after more than 25 years of service, police spokesman Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said. Sherman was a major and assistant chief.

“As of right now, that position is currently vacant,” Holbrook said. “It will be filled at some point. Until then, the two bureau captains and the chief are running the agency, similar to when the chief first took office and he didn’t have someone in the position.”

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly promoted Sherman to the position in February 2012. The then-captain replaced Gerald Couch, who had resigned in December 2011 to run for sheriff.

Holbrook said the assistant chief is a “highly operational position,” with day-to-day supervision over police work.

Sherman held numerous positions with the department, including overseeing its accreditation and state certification processes as well as working field operations.

He also completed management training, graduating from the Georgia Chiefs of Police Chief Executive Training Program.

His public safety career began in the military. He served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., before moving to Gainesville and joining the police department in 1988.

He said at the time of his promotion that he was impressed with the “serving heart” public safety officials brought to their work.

“I’m always impressed with people in public safety; they have a big heart for kids and for the elderly. It’s always appealed to me,” he said.

Sherman is a Rhode Island native. He is married and has five children.