Chief of Police James W. Conroy

Former Dekalb County chief of police James W. Conroy will begin his time as Roswell’s chief of police July 29.

Former DeKalb County chief of police James W. Conroy will step up to serve as Roswell’s new chief of police beginning in July.

Conroy is an accomplished law enforcement officer who has served as a transformational leader with the DeKalb County Police Department for 28 years. He recently retired from the department after serving as its chief of police since 2013.

As the DeKalb County chief of police, Conroy oversaw the operation of all police department services, and led a department of 1,200 employees, including 900 sworn police officers. He led a major command and management staff restructuring which resulted in a more streamlined and efficient command structure.

The Roswell Police Department serves and protects citizens and visitors within the city. The 200-employee department, including 150 sworn officers, serves a population of almost 100,000 and 41.95 square miles of property.

During his tenure as the chief of police, there was a 27% reduction in overall Part I crimes, or crimes such as robbery, aggravated assault and vehicle theft. Conroy attributes the reduction to applying a combination of effective law enforcement frameworks, including 21st Century Policing, Community Policing, COMPSTAT, Broken Windows, and Intelligence-led Policing models of police management.

Conroy said he is looking forward to getting started at the Roswell Police Department.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Roswell Police Department as the next Chief of Police,” Conroy said. “The Roswell Police Department has a long history of providing excellent service to their community and I look forward to building on that tradition. We will continue to focus on community policing by embracing the pillars of 21st Century Policing and the principles of Procedural Justice.”

During his 28 years in the DeKalb Police Department, Conroy rose through the ranks, beginning as a Master Police Officer in 1991. He served over the years as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, commander, assistant chief of police and became the chief of police in 2013. He holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.

Conroy’s annual salary with the City of Roswell will be $150,000. After a nationwide search, City Administrator Gary Palmer said Conroy was his top choice for the job.

“The City of Roswell is fortunate to have an outstanding team of law enforcement professionals willing to go out every day to safeguard our community and put their lives on the line,” Palmer said. “They deserve to be led by an experienced chief who understands the dynamics of policing in the 21st century and the challenges our officers face day in and day out.

“Our officers deserve a chief that has come up through the ranks and has a firsthand understanding of what it means to be a front-line officer in a large metropolitan area,” Palmer said.

“Our community deserves a chief that is responsive, open, collaborative and has the gravitas to cultivate successful relationships in our ever-changing environment. Jim Conroy checks all of those boxes.”


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