Mr. Gary George
Master of Public Administration Adjunct Faculty Member
Gary D. George has taught at Reinhardt University since 2008 as an adjunct professor. He has taught courses in public safety leadership, criminal justice, ethics, corrections, juvenile justice, criminal law procedures and courts, communications, cultural diversity, statutory and constitutional law and organizational behavior and administration. He also has taught for the University of Phoenix, Park University, Kansis City Metropolitan Community College and Easter Jackson County (MO) Police Academy.
In addition, he chairs the Reinhardt University Police Academy Advisory Board, which advises the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and Reinhardt University in relation to Academy operations, staffing, growth, and needs. The Board also assists in the development of guidelines and training needs pursuant to the delivery of basic law enforcement training.
Professionally, he has served as the director of public safety over fire, police and all emergency services for the City of Alpharetta, Ga., since July 1, 2006. He spent the previous five years as the Chief of Police for the City of Alpharetta.
As a recognized innovator, educator and practitioner of policing, George has focused the Alpharetta Police Department on crime fighting and crime prevention through a more accountable organizational structure and an enhanced strategy of community policing. He has improved communications in all areas of the agency and has been instrumental in building a strong command structure within the department. He implemented a strategy within the patrol shifts that provided the City with more officers on patrol, while at the same time, allowing officers more time with their family and friends. As is evidenced by the Alpharetta Department of PUblic Safety having minimum openings, firefighters, police officers and communication's officers from around the nation seek out Alpharetta as a place where they want to work and their careers can be developed.
Director George also served the Independence, Missouri Police Department for more than three decades in a variety of assignments. He first became a police officer in March 1970 and was promoted through the ranks, serving as a detective, sergeant, captain and as the assistant chief of police. In 1997, he was named chief of police for the Independence Police Department. He also served on the Board of the Western Missouri Regional Police Academy, which formed a partnership with the Metropolitan Community College in constructing an $11 million police academy in Missouri.
F.B.1. National Academy - 2001
Law Enforcement Executive Development (L.E.E.D.S.)
Park University Graduate School - 1996
M.P.A - Master in Public Affairs (emphasis in government management)
F.B.1. National Academy - 1992
Park University - 1992
B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Admin.
Northwestern University - 1990
Training - School of Police Staff and Command
Professional Experience in the Field
- Director of Public Safety, City of Alpharetta, Ga. 2006- present
- Chief of Police, City of Alpharetta, Ga. 2001-2006
- Chief of Police, Independence, Mo. 1997-2001
- Georgia Police Chief's Association
- F.B.1. National Academy, L.E.E.D.S. Alumni Association, Member
- F.B.I. National Academy Alumni Association, Member
- Northwestern University Traffic Institute Alumni Association, Member
- Atlanta Metro Chiefs and Sheriff's Association, Member
- Missouri Peace Officer's Association
- Missouri Police Chief's Association
- North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
For information, please contact:
For program specifics
Dr. Karen Owen
MPA Program Director
North Fulton Center
4100 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30005-4442
For admissions information
The Office of Graduate Studies