Rusty Grant

ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell’s Police Chief Rusty Grant announced his retirement Dec. 12 after more than 30 years of working in law enforcement.

His final day with the city will be Dec. 30.

Grant had previously worked as part of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for three decades before joining the City of Roswell in 2012 as the City’s Deputy Police Chief. He was promoted months later in March of 2013 as Roswell’s Police Chief.

“The Roswell Police Department consists of the best men and women, sworn and civilian, in the business,” Grant said. “It has been my pleasure to work with each of you over the past six years.”

Grant did not provide any other comment about his retirement.

Captain Helen Dunkin has been selected to serve as the Interim Deputy Chief of Police while the city searches for a new Chief of Police.

Grant’s retirement announcement comes in the midst of several controversies that hit the Roswell Police Department earlier this year. Several videos surfaced showing incidents involving on-duty officers violating or stretching standard practices.

The first incident — and by far the most widely circulated — involved a video showing two officers using a coin flip app to decide the fate of a woman pulled over for speeding.

A few days after the video was released in July, the two officers were placed on leave and eventually fired.

The incident led Police Chief Rusty Grant to call for an independent analysis of his department. And a few days later, more videos surfaced showing a K-9 ignoring his handler and repeatedly biting a teenager, a 13-year-old boy intentionally being kept in a frozen car, and muted body camera footage when an off-duty officer was pulled over for DUI but eventually was released.

The City of Roswell has since hired the Center for Public Safety Management in September to provide a comprehensive, top-down gap analysis of the police department. 

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