ATLANTA -- A former Atlanta police chief is returning to a high-ranking position in the city - this time with the Atlanta Hawks.

The organization released a statement on Wednesday naming George Turner as the new vice president for safety and security.

“As a proud Atlantan and huge sports fan, this role will put me in the fortunate position to still serve a community I love and spend quality time with my family, particularly my seven grandchildren," Turner said. "The venue holds a very special place in my heart, as my first job in college was in this building as an usher, when it was known as the Omni.”

In his new role, the Hawks stated that Turner will be responsible for "working closely with senior executives to develop effective strategies" to keep Philips Arena, the team and guests safe.

“The impressive skillset that he has honed over his career and the high level of respect that he has garnered will be an amazing asset for us in and out of the arena," said Brett Stefansson, executive vice president and general manager of Philips Arena.

After working with the Atlanta Police Department since 1981, Turner served as the police chief from 2010 until his retirement in 2016. He officially begins his new job on May 1.