A Snapshot of Canton's Interim Chief
Todd Vande Zande has been with the department since 2006.
Assistant Chief Todd Vande Zande, the man tapped to lead the Canton Police Department on an interim basis, declined to speak to Canton-Sixes Patch on Thursday. He said he wanted time to review a report that resulted in the resignation of his former boss.
"The news that Chief Jeff Lance was resigning was only revealed to me within the last 12 hours," he wrote in a late afternoon email to Patch.
Things happened so fast on Thursday that City Manager Scott Wood said he didn't have a chance to discuss Vande Zande's salary. As chief, Lance made $80,608 a year.
So who is the man tasked with running an agency that has come under intense scrutiny in the last month for its "laid back" response during the search for slain 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera?
Here's a quick snapshot:
- High school: Etowah High, 1985.
- College: Kennesaw State University, 1999. Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science.
- Graduate school: Kennesaw State University, 2002. Received a master's degree in public administration.
- Other training: Completed the 109th Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute, 2002.
- Police experience
- Other relevant experience