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Posted: July 31, 2009 12:00 a.m.

Chief of chiefs

Stacey Cotton's excellent leadership skills exhibited over the past 12 years he has served as Covington's chief of police earned him the position of president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
For the next year Cotton will serve in this position and we are proud to have him represent Covington in this capacity.

Cotton began his career with the Covington Police Department 22 years ago and worked his way to the top of the department. Today many people move from town to town and between states, but Cotton has dedicated his life's work to the community in which he was raised.

His long list of accomplishments includes graduating from the FBI National Academy in 1997, serving as the delegation head when law enforcement executive traveled to Israel for terrorism training, serving as a member of the 2001 Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program and selected as a participant in a pilot group who traveled to England in 2007 to provide consultation to law enforcement for the 2012 London Olympics and being appointed to the position of public safety director for the city of Covington in 2008.

He has also worked to ensure that the CPD remains internationally accredited.

In addition to his career accomplishments he serves on a number of volunteer boards for nonprofit agencies ranging from child advocacy centers to battered women's shelters.
He is also an active member of the Covington Rotary Club and First Baptist Church.

We know that the above list of accomplishments isn't near reaching its full length because Cotton always pushes to be the best chief he can be and expects nothing less from his command staff and officers. He is an exceptional role model for law enforcement from new academy graduates to other chiefs.

Congratulations Chief Cotton and to the GACP for selecting an admirable chief of chiefs.


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