Alpharetta public safety director on weather task force

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta Public Safety Director Gary D. George has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the newly created weather task force. The weather task force will examine the recent weather ice event, its impact upon metro Atlanta roadways and make recommendations to the governor in an effort to mitigate future occurrences upon Georgia’s citizens.

Deal said the purpose of the task force is to “better prepare our state, its communities and our resources for bad weather.”

The task force is composed of the heads of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia National Guard, the DeKalb, Fulton and Marietta school districts, state senators and representatives, Atlanta-area police and fire departments, along with other private sector companies.

George brings more than 43 years of law enforcement experience to the panel. He served the Independence, Mo., Police Department for over three decades in a variety of assignments. He became a police officer in March 1970 and was promoted through the ranks, serving as a detective, sergeant, captain and eventually as the assistant chief of police. In 1997, he was named chief of police for the Independence Police Department.

In 2001, George was selected by the city of Alpharetta to be its police chief. In 2006, police and fire services were combined to form the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety. George was appointed and continues to serve as the director of Alpharetta Public Safety.

“I am grateful to be one of only two municipal police chiefs/directors to be selected for appointment to Gov. Nathan Deal’s weather task force,” George said. “I am very appreciative of our governor, and I look forward to working with other task force members in an effort to meet our governor’s expectations and those of our citizens.”