DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announced the appointment of a new police chief Wednesday morning.
Cedric Alexander will take over for Chief William O'Brien.
O'Brien announced his retirement last October. He had been chief since 2010.
Alexander is currently the federal security director for the Transportation Security Administration.
Prior to joining TSA, Alexander served as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services; Chief of Police in the Rochester Police Department, and several leadership roles at the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry in New York.
He began his law enforcement career in 1977 and also served with the Miami-Dade Police Department. He was a law enforcement officer in Florida for 15 years.
Alexander holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, a master's degree in marriage and family therapy and a bachelor's degree in sociology.
"Dr. Alexander's unique blend of leadership in law enforcement and academic training and practice in clinical psychology will be valuable in addressing DeKalb's public safety priorities," said Ellis. "I am excited to have him in charge of protecting DeKalb's citizens."
Alexander will start work April 1 and have full command of the police department including 896 sworn officers and additional 50 cadets currently in the police academy.
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