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Fulton County to get new police chief for second time in two years

Two years after being sworn in, Fulton County Police Chief Gary Stiles has announced plans to retire effective Dec. 12. 

Stiles was with the department for 32 years and previously worked for the Atlanta Police Department, according to a recent press release. Stiles worked “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,” Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson said.

Darryl Halbert (Fulton County)


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Stiles replaced former Chief Cassandra Jones, who retired in April 2015. Jones came under scrutiny after a local television station reported she taught a weekly criminal justice class in the middle of the day and often worked from home on Mondays. Jones told the station she did not teach the class on police time.

Following her retirement, Stiles was named interim police chief before being promoted to the permanent post in November 2015. A reason for his retirement was not announced. 

Deputy Police Chief Darryl Halbert has been promoted to interim police chief. Halbert has been with the department since March 1993 and has served in his current position since 2016.

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