Alexander will oversee the implementation of long-term initiatives in all public safety departments that fall under the DeKalb County governing authority, which include police, fire, 911 emergency dispatch, the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency and the medical examiner’s office.
“In DeKalb County, public safety remains a top priority,” said May. “In September, with the support of the board of commissioners, a robust plan was set forth to address the many issues facing our police and fire departments, which included a promotional pay increase, hiring more personnel, tuition reimbursement and take home vehicles. In our most important area, public safety, Chief Alexander is a proven veteran and leader. He gets things done.”
As Alexander assumes this role, James Conroy will be promoted into the role of interim police chief. Conroy, a 23-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the police department.
“Public safety needs both the necessary resources and the visionary leadership to be successful,” said May. “We have secured both in making these personnel adjustments.”