25-Year Law enforcement veteran to lead department
The City of Lawrenceville, the county seat of Gwinnett, completes its months-long search with the announcement of the selection of John Henry Mullin as the sole finalist as the city’s new Chief of Police. His anticipated start date is December 16, 2022. The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police led the national search, which fielded dozens of applications from qualified candidates.
"We looked for a combination of law enforcement experience, leadership, and strong morale, as well as the energy to stay within our community for many years. Having just received State Certification for our police department in early 2022, we were seeking a candidate who could take an already strong department to the next level," said Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington.
Mullin served 15 years within the Sandy Springs Police Department, leaving that agency at the rank of Major. Within the Fulton County Police Department, he spent nine years as a uniform patrol officer. Since June of 2021, he has been working directly with county management leading the Code Compliance, Animal Control Services, and Park Rangers Division in Forsyth County.
Mullin joined the Sandy Springs Police Department as one of its original 86 officers, a department roughly the size of the police department he will soon lead in Lawrenceville. He rose through the ranks to ultimately serve as Major over operations and administration while the department grew to 155 sworn officers. His assignments within the department included district commander, CID (criminal investigation division) commander, internal affairs, and special operations.
In addition to his law enforcement experience, Mullin has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a master's degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Mullin also graduated from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville and the Senior Management Institute for Police.
Mullin is committed to building partnerships in the community and developing a highly trained police force with little tolerance for illicit behavior. Mullin believes that those wearing a badge bear a responsibility to set a behavioral example and should strive to be servant leaders within the community.
Once his hiring is confirmed, Mullin plans to focus his first several months on the job listening to the community, as well as rank and file officers and department command structure, sharing their thoughts on improving the agency and further strengthening the Lawrenceville Police Department's reputation for customer and public service.
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