Huntsville Police officer to temporarily head Alabama A&M Police force

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Thursday evening, the Huntsville City Council approved allowing Captain JesHenry Malone with the Huntsville Police Department to step in as interim police chief at Alabama A&M University.

AAMU spokesman Jerome Saintjones did not comment upon request Thursday evening on the departure of the previous chief, Monica Ray.

City Administrator John Hamilton told the council this was more of a “good neighbor” act.

“My expectation is that as he works with the chain of command there, they may not ask him to do the full menu of things they may ask a permanent police chief to do,” he explained. “What they’ve asked for is to have a senior experienced leader who can come in and lead the department during the summer time.”

Under the agreement, A&M would not be reimbursing the city for the officer’s salary.

“This is not without benefit to us. I think it strengthens the relationship between HPD and the campus police department,” said Hamilton.

Mayor Tommy Battle said the university would be attempting to hire a new replacement as soon as possible.

“[A&M president Hugine] said no more than three months,” said Battle. He did not indicate why the chief left A&M, and told WHNT News 19 he did not know.