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Warren Summers Named Norcross Police Chief

The new chief has 30 years of law enforcement experience as well as a background in criminal prosecution.

After a three-month assessment, the City of Norcross announced yesterday that Warren Summers will take over as police chief in the City of Norcross. Current Chief Dallas Stidd has retired, with the new chief officially taking office Dec. 28. 

The city relied on the Georgia Association of Chief’s of Police to carry out the initial selection process, then vetted the candidates internally, “asking a lot of tough questions,” according to City Manager Rudolph Smith.

“Warren Summers has proven his ability to bring courtesy, integrity, and a well-rounded base of knowledge to his leadership roles,” said Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson in a city statement. 

Summers has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and has also practiced law.  He began his career in 1976 in the City of Stockbridge. By 1978, Summers had become the Sheriff’s Deputy for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office in Conyers. Summers stayed in Rockdale County until 2006, taking on various rolls, including Executive Officer and Commander of the East Metro Drug Enforcement Team, a multi-jurisdictional drug task force.

After earning his bachelor’s and J.D., Summers practiced law, becoming an Assistant District Attorney in 2009. “I thought it’d be fun to practice law, but after a few years, realized I really missed being a law enforcement officer,” said Summers in the city statement.

“I’m a participatory manager, meaning I don’t just sit in the office, but am also out in the field. Having a law degree helps me teach other officers how to be more prosecution oriented – teaching and mentoring so that in addition to arresting felons, they can improve their ability to get them legally convicted.”

Summers recognized the challenges of taking on the top job at force when thousands of new residents will enter the city on Jan. 1. “Thirty years of law enforcement have taught me how to manage a wide variety of changes,” said Summers in the statement.

David Wilson December 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Good luck to Chief Summers!
Ground Chuck December 21, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Welcome Chief Summers and Best Wishes to Chief Stidd!
Sammy Banks December 22, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Congratulation Warren on your appointment as Police Chief. You will make everyone proud. Captain Sammy Banks
Edward Bell January 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Having known Warren Summers for well over thirty years, I do not believe a better choice could have been made! I am proud to be his friend and have been blessed to work with him many years. Criminal Investigator Edward Bell

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