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September 25, 2013ROSWELL, Ga. – The Roswell Police Department has named J. Craig Easterwood as its new deputy police chief. On Sept. 16, Easterwood took second in command of the Roswell Police Department under Chief Rusty Grant.
Grant said that Easterwood is well respected in the law enforcement community.
"I look forward to working with someone who comes from a highly professional and respected agency," Grant said. "I am truly excited to have Chief Easterwood join our family and command staff team."
Easterwood brings with him over 23 years of law enforcement experience. He has been with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department since 1990 and had served the Cobb County Sheriff's Department prior to that. During Easterwood's tenure at Cherokee County, he worked in uniform patrol, K9, internal affairs, commanded the traffic enforcement unit and commanded hostage negotiations. Easterwood's last assignment in Cherokee County was as the director of the training unit. He was also the project manager of a new multi-million dollar training center.
Easterwood earned a bachelor's degree, graduating magna cum laude from Reinhardt University in organizational leadership of public safety, and obtained his master's of public administration from Columbus State University. Additionally, Easterwood has completed the Administrative Officers Course from the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Ky. Prior to that, he graduated from Chattahoochee Technical College with an associate's degree in criminal justice and served four years in the U.S. Army.