Alpharetta Selects New Director Of Public Safety

Released December 06, 2016 07:50 AM

In action taken Monday night, following a national search, the Alpharetta City Council confirmed the hiring of John Robison as the North Fulton city’s new Director of Public Safety.  Robison, who will begin his new role January 3, will lead police, fire, 911 and emergency management services, heading a department of 262 positions.

“Throughout his career, John has proven himself to be a principled, innovative leader who focuses first and foremost on serving the community,” said Alpharetta City Administrator Bob Regus.  “John was part of our team for 10 years, so he will be coming in with a strong knowledge of our organization and culture and the respect of the public safety professionals he will be leading.“

Robison began his law enforcement career in 2001 with the City of Alpharetta and served the community for ten years prior to leaving the organization as a lieutenant in 2011 to pursue higher leadership positions.  He currently serves as the Chief of Police for Powder Springs, Georgia.  He holds a degree in criminal justice from Georgia State University, a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University, and is pursuing a Doctorate of Public Administration from Valdosta State University.  Robison also holds a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Seminary.

Robison will be replacing Gary George, who will be ending a 46-year law enforcement career at the end of January.  George came to Alpharetta in 2001 as Chief of Police and led the merger of the city’s police, fire, communications and emergency services into a unified public safety department.