Atlanta police chief retiring at end of year

Atlanta Police Chief George TurnerAtlanta Police Chief George Turner, right, speaks during a Buckhead Business Association luncheon in August 2016. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

ATLANTA — Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner will retire from his position with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) after 35 years of service.

“It has been a pleasure working under Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Mayor Reed has played a major role in the success of the Atlanta Police Department and none of this would have been possible without his leadership,” Turner said in a news release. “Mayor Reed is an avid supporter of public safety initiatives and as a result of his dedication and commitment to citizens and visitors, Atlanta is becoming the safest large city in America.”

Reed appointed Turner as the 23rd Chief of Police for the city in 2010. With an authorized strength of more than 2,000 sworn officers, the Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia.

“Since his appointment as Police Chief six years ago, George Turner has served as a vital member of my cabinet,” Reed said in a news release. “Under his leadership, we have made significant progress toward our goal of making Atlanta one of the safest large cities in America. As he prepares to embark on the next chapter of his career, I want to extend my best wishes and deep appreciation for his unwavering commitment to the residents of Atlanta.”

Reed will announce a permanent replacement for the Chief of Police position at 10:30 a.m. today.

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