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GBI director, Valor Awards to highlight Paulding Chamber luncheon Sept. 5
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Georgia Bureau of Investigation director Vernon Keenan is scheduled as keynote speaker for the Paulding Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Georgia Power Luncheon Sept. 5 at noon at the Paulding Senior Center in Dallas, stated a notice on the chamber’s web site.

The luncheon, sponsored by Puckett EMS, will celebrate Public Safety Appreciation Month by honoring representatives from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department, Paulding County Fire Department, city of Dallas Police Department and city of Hiram Police Department with the 2013 Valor Award.

As GBI director, Keenan is responsible for managing a law enforcement agency of 822 employees with a budget of $74.1 million. The GBI is the state investigative agency for Georgia and is comprised of three divisions: the Georgia Crime Information Center, the Investigative Division and the State Crime Laboratory.

Keenan graduated from Valdosta State College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University. Keenan is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Command College of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

He entered law enforcement in 1972 as a uniformed police officer with the DeKalb County Police Department. In 1973, he became a GBI Special Agent assigned to northwest Georgia. During his career in the GBI, he has been promoted to every sworn rank in the agency. He was appointed GBI director in January 2003 by Gov. Sonny Perdue and reappointed in January 2011 by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Keenan, a resident of Cherokee County, has participated in professional programs in Spain, Israel, China, Germany, Turkey, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Georgia. He serves on several professional working groups at the national level and is a law enforcement lecturer on various public safety issues.

Catering will be provided by Gabe’s Downtown. Reservations are required for the luncheon.

Networking will begin at 11 a.m. The Senior Center is at 54 Industrial Way in Dallas.

The cost for the luncheon is members prepaid, $20; members at the door, $25; non-members, $25 prepaid and $30 at the door.

Information: (770) 445-6016 or email sbohannon@paulding chamber.org.
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