Dothan Police Chief Gregory Benton introduced the new public information officer for the department on Thursday.
Benton appointed Cpl. Maurice “Mac” Eggleston as the new public information officer for the Dothan Police Department, which became effective Thursday.
Eggleston replaced Sgt. Rachel David, who is returning to work in the department’s patrol division.
“It’s a new adventure, and a new avenue of the department,” said Eggleston. “I’m looking forward to it with the biggest smile.”
Eggleston has worked in the department’s patrol division, traffic division and most recently in the criminal investigation division (CID) as a property crimes investigator. This summer will mark Eggleston’s 10-year anniversary as a law enforcement officer with the Dothan Police Department.
Eggleston will also remain a member of the department’s Special Response Team (SRT.) “I’m originally from Brooklyn, N.Y.,” said Eggleston. “I’ve lived in Dothan now ... it’ll be 21 years in August. I’ve lived here longer than I lived in New York so technically I can say I’m an Alabamian.”
Eggleston is one of three brothers who serve in law enforcement. One brother works as a corporal with the Montgomery Police Department and another serves as a lieutenant with the Ozark Police Department.
“I’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill,” said Eggleston. “Sgt. David has set the bar pretty high.”
David said she’ll continue to work with Eggleston over the next couple of weeks.
David served as the department’s public information officer for nearly three years after Benton appointed her to the position in April 2010.
“I’ve enjoyed the past three years and now it’s time to pass the baton,” said David. “If you’re not growing, you’re dying. It’ll be good for the department to have a fresh new face."
Benton said there was an application process in place to hire the new public information officer.
“I looked at the personalities, and Maurice has an outgoing personality. He always has a smile on his face,” said Benton. “He’s very articulate. He’s good looking, and looks good in the uniform. He just seemed to be the very best fit. The job will definitely bring his abilities into the spotlight.”