About the GACP

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Incorporated in 1962, the GACP has grown in membership, influence and professionalism to become one of the most respected law enforcement associations in the state. It is the largest professional association for law enforcement administrators in Georgia, and one of the largest in the country.

The association’s goals are to promote cooperative, professional relationships throughout the state, to evaluate the standards of police institutions and the profession, to offer quality training and continuing education for administrators, and to provide opportunities for police executives to exchange information and experiences.

Based in Metro Atlanta, Georgia, the GACP is managed by a governing board consisting of seven officers and 22 district representatives representing all areas of the state. GACP has an experienced former Georgia police chief serving as Executive Director.

Mission Statement

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police is dedicated to providing police services in the State of Georgia that are aimed at achieving more effective and efficient crime control, reduced fear of crime, improved quality of life, and improved police legitimacy, through a proactive reliance on community resources that seeks to minimize crime-causing conditions. GACP strives to ensure that all our citizens are served in a professional, ethical and equitable manner that respects individuals, protects our democratic ideals and system of government, pursues greater accountability of police, greater public share in decision-making, and greater concern for civil rights and liberties. GACP promotes the ideals of partnering between public and private law enforcement agencies, social service agencies and public and private groups. GACP aspires to increase the levels of police professionalism, improve the level of training, and enhance educational credentials and professional development for law enforcement executives.
Leadership Boats

Executive Board

Mark Scott

Mark Scott


Chief of Police, Americus PD
Scott Gray

Scott Gray

1st Vice President

Chief of Police, Fayetteville PD
Anita Allen

Anita Allen

2nd Vice President

Chief of Police, Albany State PD

Ty Matthews

3rd Vice President

Chief of Police, Roberta PD
Tony Lockhard

Tony Lockard

4th Vice President

Chief of Police, Gwinnett County Schools Police
Michael Presley

Michael Persley

Chair of District Representatives

Chief of Police, Albany PD
Alan Rowe

Alan Rowe

Immediate Past President

Chief of Police, Valdosta State University PD

GACP Staff

AA Butch Ayers

A.A. "Butch" Ayers

Executive Director

W Dewayne Orrick

W. Dwayne Orrick

Assistant Executive Director


Monica Duran

Training and Event Director

Cathy Oehler

Cathy Oehler

Administrative Manager

Kiera Lee

Keira Lee

Administrative Support Associate

Sewa Fields

Sewa Fields

training Coordinator

Natalie Gambrell

Public & Corporate Outreach Specialist

Richard Carouthers Photo Web

Richard A. Carothers

GACP General Counsel

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Ed Densmore

Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Coordinator

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Mike Wilkie

Special Projects Coordinator

GACP Committee Chairs

Alarms (Ad Hoc)

Chief William “Bill” Westenberger, Chair
Kennesaw Police Department

Campus Agency Chiefs

Sonja McCulloch, Chair
South Georgia State College Police Department


Director Dan Branch, Chair
Buford Department of Public Safety

Chaplain Training

Chaplain Neal Brown, Chair
Fort Oglethorpe Police Department

Chief Peer Group (Ad-Hoc)

Chief Mark Scott, Co-Chair
Americus Police Department

Chief Robert “Rob” Shore, Co-Chair
Metter Police Department

Constitution and By-Laws / Resolutions

Chief Jay Parrish, Chair
Gainesville Police Department

Chief Jeffery Shoemaker, Vice Chair
Cleveland Police Department

Corporate and Private Security

Chief James Spooner, Chair
Southern Regional Technical College Police Department


Chief Chuck Snyder, Chair
Norman Park Police Department

Joint Review

Chief Janet Moon, Chair
Peachtree City Police Department

Chief Michael Persley, Vice Chair
Albany Police Department

K-12 Campus Agency Chiefs (Ad-Hoc)

Chief Tony Lockard, Chair
Gwinnett County Police Department

Chief Buster Cushing, Vice-Chair
Cherokee County School Police


Chief John Robison, Co-Chair
Alpharetta Department of Public Safety

Chief William “Billy” Grogan, Co-Chair
Dunwoody Police Department


Military Affairs

Commissioner John F. King, Co-Chair Georgia Office of Insurance & Fire Safety

Chief Kenneth DeSimone, Co-Chair Sandy Springs Police Department

NOBLE Representative

Chief Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin, Sr., Chair
DeKalb County Police Department

Nominations & Elections

Chief Alan Rowe, Chair
Valdosta State University Police Department

POST Council Committee

Chief Mark Scott, Chair
Americus Police Department

Public Relations

Colonel Billy Hitchens III, Chair
Georgia Department of Public Safety

Executive Director Mike Ayers, Vice Chair
Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST)

Risk Management (Ad Hoc)

Chief Michael Mansour, Chair Villa Rica Police Department

Chief Frank Trammer, Vice-Chair Stockbridge Police Department


Chief Wesley Walker, Co-Chair
Lyons Police Department

Executive Director A.A. “Butch” Ayers, Co-Chair
Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police

Sergeant of Arms

Chief Jason Cripps, Chair
Porterdale Police Department

Chief Jason Guest, Co-Chair Social Circle Police Department

Chief Harry Hess, Co-Chair Avondale Estates Police Department

State Certification

Chief Joe Duvall, Chair
Dallas Police Department

Chief Anthony Coleman, Vice Chair
Georgia State University Police Department

Traffic Safety

Chief Charles Pettus, Chair
Boston Police Department


Chief Denise Downer-McKinney, Chair
Rome Police Department

Chief Mike Turner, Vice Chair
Hiram Police Department

District Representatives

GACP Regional Districts

District 1

Chief Shane Daughtrey (a)

Lenox Police Department

Chief Steve Hyman (E)

Tifton Police Department

Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Crisp, Echols, Irwin. Jeff Davis, Lanier, Lowndes, Montgomery, Telfair, Tift, Turner, Wheeler, Wilcox

District 2

Chief Michael Persley (E)

Albany Police Department

Chief James Spooner (A)

Southern Regional Technical College

Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Worth

District 3

Chief Jeffrey Sheppard (A)

Hogansville Police Department

Chief Marshal Jorge Olmo Novoa (A)

Troup County Marshal’s Department

Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Schley, Stewart, Talbot, Taylor, Troup, Webster

District 4

Chief Wesley Cannon (A)

Byron Police Department

Chief Adam Lowe (A)

Gray Police Department

Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Crawford ,Dodge, Dooly, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Macon, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Treutlen, Twiggs, Upson, Washington, Wilkinson

District 5

Chief Chris Wright (A)

Blackshear Police Department

Chief Investigator Jody Ponsell (E)

Brunswick Judicial District

Appling, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Ware, Wayne

District 6

Chief Ashley Brown (A)

Pooler Police Department

Chief James Jermon (E)

Vidalia Police Department

Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Evans, Liberty, Tatnall, Toombs

District 7

Chief Benjamin “Scotti” Sanford (A)

Sardis Police Department

Chief John Maynard (E)

Wrens Police Department

Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Wilkes

District 8

Chief Michael P. Mansour (A)

Villa Rica Police Department

Chief Joel Richards (E)

Carrollton Police Department

Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chatooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Polk, Walker, Whitfield

District 9

Chief Jay Parrish (A)

Gainesville Police Department

Chief Cass Mooney (E)

Suwanee Police Department

Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walton, White

District 10

Chief Derrick B. Austin (E)

Locust Grove Police Department

Chief Todd Spivey (A)

Riverdale Police Department

Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Fulton (Atlanta Area), Heard, Henry, Newton, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding 


District 11

Chief John Robison (A)

Alpharetta Police Department

Chief Keith Zgonc (E)

Smyrna Police Department

Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin Fulton (North of Atlanta), Gilmer, Pickens