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Gastonia police chief gets new post in Georgia

Gastonia Police Chief Terry Sult is leaving to become the new chief in Sandy Springs, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.

A spokeswoman for the city of Sandy Springs said the announcement was made today by City Manager John McDonough.

A longtime Charlotte-Mecklenburg police captain, Sult became Gastonia's 20th police chief in 2004. He had spent his entire career in Charlotte, rising through the ranks from volunteer dispatcher at age 14 to patrol division commander of the uptown area.

Sult, 51, takes over his new job in Sandy Springs on Oct. 27. He could not be reached for comment.

“I am confident that Terry Sult will lead us effectively and collaboratively,” McDonough said in a news release. “He is an innovative chief with unquestionable integrity. His leadership will be a great asset for Sandy Springs. I chose Chief Sult not only for his successes, but also based on impeccable references.”

Sult was the top candidate in a pool of 62, according to the city.

Incorporated in 2005, Sandy Springs has a population of about 90,000.

Sult will head a department with about 130.