Chief Carol Martin has announced plans to retire from the Gainesville Police Department after 32 years of service. She will continue in her role as chief until Jan. 31, 2019.
“I have worked shoulder to shoulder with the finest law enforcement officers and staff in the state. I am proud and honored to call them my family and friends,” Chief Martin said. “I will forever and always be part of the Gainesville Police family.”
“While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I know that I will miss the community I serve, the progress we have achieved, and the friends that I have made along the way,” she added.
Martin joined the Gainesville Police Department in January 1987 as a patrol officer. She advanced through the ranks of the department, serving as a Patrol Officer, Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major before being named Chief in August 2014. She is the city’s first female police chief.
“I want to thank Chief Martin for her 32 years of service to our city. I wish her well on her retirement. We will miss her greatly,” Mayor Danny Dunagan said. “Chief Martin built strong community partnerships throughout the city. She worked hard to improve communication with the public to let people know that the police are here to help.”
Martin was instrumental in achieving national and state certifications for the Gainesville Police Department. The department is recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) as a Flagship Agency.
“Chief Martin is dedicated to the highest standards of police work. She has worked tirelessly to reduce crime, increase roadway safety, and improve the quality of life for city residents,” City Manager Bryan Lackey said. “She brought the department out of hard times and has the lead them to a much better place.”
Chief Martin is a 1982 graduate of Forsyth County High School. She was an honor graduate of the 77th Session of the Northeast Georgia Police Academy in 1987. In 1988 she received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Brenau College.
In 1997 she was recognized by the Gainesville Elks Lodge as “Police Officer of the Year”. Gainesville Kiwanis Club presented Chief Martin with the “John W. Jacobs, Sr. Memorial Award” for excellence in law enforcement in 2003 and again in 2007. Chief Martin is an active member of the International and Georgia Associations of Chiefs of Police. Chief Martin currently serves as a board member of the Gainesville Rape Response and the Georgia Law Enforcement State Certification Program.