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District 1

On November 27, 2023, Governor Brian P. Kemp reappointed Tifton Police Chief, Oscar “Steve” Hyman, to the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST).

 

District 2

On September 11, 2023, Freddie Williams Jr. was named as the Berlin Police Chief.

 

On November 1, 2023, Marc Bourbonnais was named as the Sale City Police Chief.

 

On November 17, 2023, Chief Charles Pettus and the Boston Police Department were awarded 3rd Place for the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Awards for agencies with 1 – 10 officers.

 

Chief Leslie Manahan and the Valdosta Police Department were presented with the 3rd Place for the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Award for agencies with 101 – 200 Officers.

 

District 3

 Jesus Lopez was named as the Acting Chief of the Woodbury Police Department on October 11, 2023.

 

District 4

Stephanie Caria Prater was named as the Acting Chief for the Bibb County Board of Education Campus Police on October 1, 2023. She has served with the department for 27 years.  Chief Prater replaced Chief Russell Bentley who retired on September 20, 2023, after serving with the department for 26 years and the last 11 as chief.

 

Rochelle Biggins was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Washington County Board of Education Police Department on October 3, 2023. Chief Biggins began her law enforcement career in 1994 and has served with the Washington County Schools for 23 years.

 

On November 17, 2023, Chief Victor K. Cuyler and the Sandersville Police Department were awarded 2nd Place for the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Awards for agencies with 11 – 25 officers.

 

Chief Dray Swicord and the Milledgeville Police Department were awarded 2nd Place for the Governor’s Challenge Award for agencies with 26 – 45 officers.

 

Interim Chief Roy Whitehead and the Warner Robins Police Department were presented with the 2nd Place Award for agencies with 101 – 200 Officers at the Governor’s Challenge Awards program on November 17, 2023. The department was also presented with the Special Award for Motorcycle Safety.

 

Wayne Fisher was named as the Warner Robins Police Chief on September 6, 2023. Chief Fisher has 29 years of law enforcement experience and has served with the Warner Robins Police Department for 21 years.

 

Wesley Hardin was sworn-in as the Police Chief for the Georgia College and State University Department of Public Safety. Chief Hardin has 28 years of law enforcement experience and served with the Gwinnett County Public School Police Department for the last 16 years.

 

On December 4, 2023, Curtis Adams began service as the Bibb County Board of Education Police Chief.  Chief Curtis has 17 years of law enforcement experience and including seven years with the Atlanta Public Schools Police Department where he most recently held the position of major.

 

District 5

Johnny Davis was appointed as the Glynn County Schools Police Chief on October 25, 2023. He replaces Chief Rod Ellis, who retired on September 29, 2023, and was awarded Life Membership by the GACP Executive Board on October 6, 2023.

 

District 6

Doyle Neesmith was named as the Chief for the Reidsville Police Department on October 11, 2023. Chief Neesmith replaces Chief Stacy Wildes, who retired on October 4, 2023, after serving with the department for 24 years and as the chief for the past five years.

 

On Friday, November 17, 2023, Chief Tiffany Hayes and the Tybee Island Police Department were presented with 3rd Place for the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Award for agencies with 26- 45 officers.

 

Chief Ashley Brown and the Pooler Police Department were presented with the 3rd Place for the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Award for agencies with 46 to 75 Officers.

 

District 8

On November 17, 2023, Chief James A. Pyle and the Calhoun Police Department were presented with numerous awards at the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Awards including 1st Place for agencies with 26 – 45 officers, Special Category Awards for Child Passenger Safety and Teen/Young Driver Safety and the Governor’s Cup.

 

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety presented Chief William Cliff Cason and the Dalton Police Department with the 1st Place 2023 Governor’s Challenge Award for agencies with 76 – 100 officers.

 

Chief Denise Downer-McKinney and the Rome Police Department were presented with the 3rd Place Governor’s Challenge Award for agencies with 76 – 100 officers.

 

District 9

On November 1, 2023, Edward Restrepo was named as the Chief Marshal for the Peachtree Corners Marshal’s Office. Chief Restrepo served with the Gwinnett County Police Department for 26 years where he resigned at the rank of Major.

 

On Friday, November 17, 2023, Police Chief Josh Ivey and the Alto Police Department were awarded 1st Place for the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Awards for agencies with 1 – 10 officers.

 

Chief James Krockum and the Demorest Police Department were awarded 2nd Place for the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Awards for agencies with 1 – 10 officers.

 

On November 17, 2023, Chief Jeffery Shoemaker and the Cleveland Police Department were awarded 1st Place for the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Awards for agencies with 11 – 25 officers. The department was also recognized with the Rookie of the Year Award.

 

Chief Greg Perry and the Snellville Police Department were presented the Speed Awareness Award by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety at the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Awards.

 

On November 17, 2023, Chief Jay Parrish and the Gainesville Police Department were presented the 1st Place for the 2023 Governor’s Challenge Award for agencies with 101 – 200 officers and the Occupant Protection Award.

 

Sheriff Ron Freeman and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office were presented the 2nd Place 2023 Governor’s Challenge Award for agencies with 201 to 500 Officers

 

District 10

On September 27, 2023, Colonel William Hitchens III was sworn in as the Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner by Governor Brian P. Kemp.

 

The GACP Executive Board awarded Life Membership to Locust Grove Police Chief Jesse W. Patton on October 6, 2023. Chief Patton retired in 2021 after 32 years of service and more than 20 years as Chief.

 

On October 13, 2023, Governor Brian P. Kemp appointed GBI Director Chris Hosey as Co-Chair of the Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education (GRACE) Commission. The GRACE Commission was created in 2019 to combat the threat of human trafficking in the State of Georgia.

 

Lake City Police Chief Anthony Whitmire retired on November 25, 2023, after 44 years of law enforcement service and five years as the Lake City Chief.  Assistant Chief “Brett” Stanelle was named as the Acting Chief.

 

Chief Mark Amerman and the Henry County Police Department were presented with the 3rd Place Governor’s Challenge Award for Agencies with 201 – 500 Officers.

 

Chief Mirtha Ramos and the Dekalb County Police Department were presented with the 1st Place 2023 Governor’s Challenge Award for agencies with 501 or more officers.

 

Chief Darin Schierbaum and the Atlanta Police Department were presented with the 2nd Place 2023 Governor’s Challenge Award for Agencies with 501 or more officers.

 

On December 15, 2023, the City of Hapeville named Bruce Hedley as their new police chief. Chief Hedley has 34 years of law enforcement experience and served 12 years as the Lilburn Police Chief.

 

District 11

Chief Investigator Dwight Kelley with the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit was awarded Life Membership by the GACP Executive Board on October 6, 2023. Chief Kelley retired after more than 36 years of law enforcement service which included more than 25 years as chief.

 

On September 28, 2023, the City of Chamblee named Michael Dieppa as the new police chief.  Chief Dieppa began his career with the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1996 and rose to the rank of major. He assumed command of the department on October 23, 2023. 

 

James “Jimmy’ Callaway, was presented the “Outstanding Contribution to Profession Award – Posthumously” at the 2023 Governor’s Public Safety Awards Program on Friday, December 1, 2023. Chief Calloway had a distinguished 26-year career that included serving as the Morrow Police Chief as well as Head of Investigations with the Georgia POST Council.

 

On Monday, December 4, 2023, Milton Police Chief Rich Austin, retired after six years of service with the department.  Captain Jason Griffin was named as Milton Police Chief on Wednesday, December 6, 2023. Chief Griffin began his law enforcement career in 2003 and has served with the department for 12 years.

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