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Fulton County Police Chief Gary Stiles Announces Retirement | Print |

After 32 years serving in various capacities within the force, Fulton County Police Chief Gary Stiles announced plans to retire from the FCPD effective December 12, 2017.   Chief Stiles has led the department since April 2015, first as interim police chief before being promoted to the permanent post in November of that same year.  Deputy Fulton County Police Chief Darryl Halbert has been promoted to Interim Police Chief.

“Chief Stiles has been a dedicated public servant for this county for the last three decades, working his way up from beat cop to top leadership, always keeping in mind the best ways to reach our citizens and address their public safety concerns,” says Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson.   “We anticipate that Chief Halbert will continue that standard of excellence and concern for the community.”

Stiles joined the Fulton County Police Department in December, 1985 after previously working for the Atlanta Police Department.   Prior to rising to the FCPD’s top leadership post, Gary Stiles served for 10 years as the County’s Assistant Chief.   During Stiles’ tenure with FCPD’s Chief, he created the Special Operations Division to address street crime, created the County’s first crime analyst position, instituted intelligence-led policing, purchased and issued integrated body and in-car camera system as well as implementing a countywide crime fighting initiative to combat an inter-jurisdictional crime spree.

Chief Stiles is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation, supporting the families of officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.  He also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fulton County Employees Retirement System and has served as an employee elected Trustee for over 21 years.   Stiles is a 2017 graduate of the prestigious Leadership Atlanta program and of Session 218 of the prestigious National FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.   He is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Mercer University Public Safety Leadership Institute.  He holds numerous P.O.S.T. certifications including Senior Instructor and firearms instructor and has completed in excess of 2,000 hours in additional police courses.  

Interim Chief Darryl Halbert has been with the Fulton County Police Department since March, 1993. During his tenure, he has served as the Watch Commander for the Patrol Division, Public Information Officer, Accreditation Manager, and Internal Affairs commander. Halbert has served as Deputy Police Chief since 2016.   Chief Halbert is actively involved in law enforcement organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

Interim Chief Halbert came to Atlanta from Chicago, Illinois. Halbert is a 1987 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Chief Halbert is a graduate of Class IX of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and received a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Columbus (GA) State University in 2003. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 238th National Academy Class in 2009.   Halbert is a U.S. Veteran, serving during Operation Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991.

For more information, visit Fulton County’s website at www.fultoncountyga.gov or connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at @fultoninfo.    


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