Alpharetta Public Safety Director To Retire

Released August 04, 2016 04:02 PM

The City of Alpharetta will begin 2017 with a new top safety official, as the city’s current Director of Public Safety, Gary George, has announced his intent to retire at the end of January.  George has held the post since August 2001.


During his time with Alpharetta, George led the merger of the city’s police, fire, communications and emergency services into a unified public safety department.  The move put Alpharetta on the forefront of public safety services in Georgia and greatly streamlined the agency by reducing administrative staff in favor of more police and firefighters on the streets serving citizens.


“Under Gary’s leadership, we consolidated our police and fire departments, engaged our constituents, shortened our emergency response times, and achieved the highest and best fire service rating possible,” said Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle.


City leaders point to numerous statistics and awards as proof of George’s positive impact on the community.  Alpharetta’s fire service is one of only 136 agencies in the nation to hold an ISO 1 rating and boasts a cardiac “save rate” that is 18% better than the national average.  In 2015, the Department of Public Safety was named the agency of the year by the Georgia Chapter of the FBI’s National Academy Associates.  In 2016 the department was the first in Georgia to implement “text to 911”, and its 911 center became one of only 167 such operations in the world to be accredited as a Center of Excellence by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch.


“Gary’s legacy will be hard to follow,” said Belle Isle, “but he leaves a strong public safety organization filled with solid professionals who will continue to faithfully serve our citizens.”


City leaders have begun a nationwide search for Alpharetta’s next public safety director and anticipate making their selection by this December.