ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell Police Chief Dwayne Orrick resigned suddenly Nov. 1. City officials are mum on the reasons why; however, according to sources close to the city, the dismissal stemmed from a disagreement over management issues.
“The city does not comment on employee issues,” said Roswell Communications Director Julie Brechbill. That line was echoed by other city officials.
Orrick was on the job for a little under two years. He started in February of 2011, replacing outgoing Chief Ed Williams.
City officials, both elected and otherwise, would not go into the details of the dismissal, saying it is a personnel issue. Mayor Jere Wood did say that the police department is “in good shape” and under control with the newly made assistant chief, James Grant, as interim director.
“There’s no crisis in the police department,” Wood said.
Grant took his position only a month ago, starting Oct. 1.
The city will go through a 30-day application process and advertise for applications. City Manager Kay Love will then bring forth her nomination for the Roswell City Council’s approval.
Orrick has been a wind of change for the Roswell Police Department since he came in. He outsourced prisoners to a Pelham, Ga. facility for those kept longer than 72 hours to save the city housing costs. The community relations arm of the department was significantly beefed up, and a deputy chief was brought in as part of a reshuffle in department organization. Roswell also merged its SWAT team with Alpharetta and Milton to create a North Fulton SWAT team, which would be more efficient than having segmented teams.
By all accounts, Orrick was performing well in his role.
He had three performance evaluations by Love, with his work rated as meeting expectations in all areas and exceeding expectations in initiative. He was praised for his initiative in restructuring the department.
“Chief Orrick has initiated many positive changes in the last 16 months,” his latest personnel report states. However, it goes on to mention his changes have come at the cost of communication within the department, saying, “He tends to rush things. He should focus on taking a measured approach to future change to ensure adequate time to communicate, assess and measure the effectiveness.”
Orrick has more than 30 years of policing experience, and was the public safety director in Cordele for four years.
Prior to serving as Cordele’s public safety director, Orrick was the city’s police chief for 16 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia. Orrick also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a National Institute of Ethics instructor. His annual salary with the city of Roswell was $115,000.