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Interim police chief named

Gary D. George, interim police chief, city of O’Fallon

Mayor Bill Hennessy and the O’Fallon City Council have announced the hiring of Gary D. George as the Interim Police Chief for the O’Fallon Police Department.

George, who comes to O’Fallon through a contract with Strategic Government Resources [SGR], will serve in the role until a permanent chief is hired in early 2019. SGR is assisting the city in finding a permanent replacement for Chief Roy Joachimstaler, who retired on Dec. 7 after nine years with the city and nearly 50 years in law enforcement.

George brings an extensive background to O’Fallon, having more than 47 years of experience in police work, including nearly 20 years as a police chief and director of public safety. His career began in Independence, Missouri, where he started as a patrol officer in 1970. He worked his way through the ranks and was named chief of police in 1997. He left Independence in 2001, taking over the position of chief of police for the community of Alpharetta, Georgia. In 2006, George was promoted to the position of Director of Public Safety for Alpharetta, where he oversaw police, fire and emergency services for the community. He retired from Alpharetta in 2017.

“We appreciate Chief George stepping in to assist our community as we continue our national search for our new police chief,” Hennessy said. “I am confident that he, along with our talented group of officers, civilians and the existing leadership team, will continue to exceed the high standards our department has set for service, public safety and overall excellence in police work.”

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