On Sept. 16 Easterwood because second in command of the Roswell Police Department under Chief Rusty Grant.
Easterwood brings with him more than 23 years of law enforcement experience.
He has been with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department since 1990 and had served the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department prior to that.
During Easterwood’s tenure at Cherokee County, he worked in uniform patrol, K9, internal affairs, commanded the traffic enforcement unit and commanded hostage negotiations.
Easterwood’s last assignment at the Cherokee County was director of the training unit, and he was also the project manager of a new multi-million dollar training center.
Easterwood earned a bachelor’s degree graduating magna cum laude from Reinhardt University in Waleska in organizational leadership of public safety and earned his masters of public administration from Columbus State University.
Additionally, Easterwood has completed the administrative officers course from the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Ky.
Prior to that, he graduated from Chattahoochee Technical College with an associates degree in criminal justice and served four years in the U.S. Army.
Grant said Easterwood is well respected in the law enforcement community.
“I look forward to working with someone who comes from a highly professional and respected agency. I am truly excited to have Chief Easterwood join our family and command staff team,” he said.