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DeKalb County’s public safety director becomes interim police chief

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DeKalb County’s public safety director becomes interim police chief

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Joseph H. Lumpkin. Photo provided by DeKalb County


Joseph “Jack” H. Lumpkin, who is currently the deputy chief operating officer of public safety for DeKalb County, is now the county’s interim police chief.

Lumpkin is taking the place of Chief James Conroy, whose retirement began this week until the next police chief is hired. The interview process has already began for police chief.

“Lumpkin has more than 40 years of experience in Georgia law enforcement including police chief positions in Savannah-Chatham County, Athens-Clarke County, Albany and Toccoa,” according to a recent press release from the county.

Lumpkin has been working in DeKalb County since CEO Thurmond’s appointment of him back in January 2018. Working in public safety, he’s in charge of overseeing fire rescue, police officers, animal control, 911, medical examiner services, and emergency management.

Some of his qualifications include but are not limited to:

– Serves on the board of directors of the International Association of Chiefs of Police

– Former vice president for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers

– 2017 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute

– Police Chief of the Year in 2014 from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police

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