Joseph Coppola is no longer the interim police chief for the City of Guyton, city officials confirmed to AllOnGeorgia on Wednesday. 

Though no official announcement was made with regard to the reasoning behind the decision, the former interim police chief is once again working in his role as a police sergeant. 

Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie will assume the duties until the position of police chief is filled permanently. City officials believe that to be in the timeframe of the next 30 days. 

Coppola has been interim police chief since March 2019, with a brief demotion in summer 2019, before once again serving as chief.

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Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."



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