Chattanooga's gang task force ending under Berke

Chattanooga's gang task force ending under Berke


CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Chattanooga's gang task force will come to an end when Mayor-elect Andy Berke takes office later this month because his staff says he has different plans for tackling crime in the city.

Boyd Patterson, the task force's coordinator, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he was notified on Friday that he and Fred Houser, the task force's outreach coordinator, were asked to submit resignation letters.

Lacie Stone, a spokeswoman for Berke's transition team, said Berke appreciated the task force members for their hard work.

Stone said a public forum on public safety was held two weeks ago that helped form the mayor's new strategy to address crime. She said his comprehensive plan will include a public safety coordinator and will address gang violence.

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