James Russell Grant (City of Roswell)
ROSWELL, Ga. -- James Russell "Rusty" Grant was named the City of Roswell's new Police Chief on Wednesday.
Prior to his promotion, Grant had been Roswell's deputy chief since September 2012, and became interim police chief in November. Julie Brechbill, Community Relations Manager for the City of Roswell said Grant took that spot after Chief Dwayne Orrick resigned.
Grant built over 30 years of law enforcement practice with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation before coming to Roswell. He spent that time investigating violent crimes, property crimes, drug enforcement and technology. Before his time with the GBI, Grant was a deputy for the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood said of Grant, "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him. He was a leader in Georgia law enforcement with the GBI and a leader here in Roswell as our deputy chief and interim police chief."
According to Brechbill, there were 40 applicants for the Police Chief position, and only eight were interviewed.
Grant said, "I'm humbled and thankful for the opportunity the lead the Roswell Police Department and excited about the future of the department."
He also works for Columbus State University in the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College Professional Management Program as an adjunct professor. Grant is an instructor in the Chief's Executive Training Class for the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Grant earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State and a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University.