Newly selected Lawrenceville police chief held listening session

John Mullin, Lawrenceville’s newly selected police chief, led a listening session for the city’s community members and stakeholders on Monday – the first of several sessions he will lead over the next few weeks.

“I’m going to meet with all the officers, all the command staff, all the city leaders, city executive management, city council, clergy, you name it,” Mullin said.

Some community members voiced concern about the timing of traffic lights, and the ratio of officers to citizens. The new chief said he thinks the ratio is about right.

Mullin said his focus in the first 100 days will be learning the needs of the city and developing a strategic plan.

“I plan to have a robust understanding of what the expectations are from the community in order to make any changes that we need to make, in order to strengthen anything that we’re already doing right,” Mullin said. “I believe that a police department cannot be successful unless we partner with the community.”

Mullin takes over a department with 80 sworn officers and 28 civilian positions which include dispatch/911 personnel.

The city announced that it was looking for a new chief in June, months after the city’s previous chief, Tim Wallis, was forced to retire after an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that women at the agency experienced of a culture sexism and humiliation. Wallis denied the allegations. Capt. Christopher Ryan Morgan, a former member of the command staff, retired after being named in the investigation along with Wallis.

A female officer alleged Morgan regularly called her a hooker and asked for nude photos.

Mullin said he will instill clear expectations of honesty between the department and citizens.

“I‘m called to serve as a police officer,” Mullin said. “It’s what I’ve done for a long time, and to have this opportunity to serve this community ... it’s very exciting.

“I reached a point in my career where I felt like I was ready to take on this challenge.”

Mullin currently works with county management leading the code compliance, animal control services, and park rangers division in Forsyth County. He also spent 15 years with the Sandy Springs Police Department and nine years with the Fulton County Police Department. He is expected to start Dec. 16.