Dunwoody Police Chief Grogan announces he will retire in June | Dunwoody News

DUNWOODY, Ga. — City Manager Eric Linton announced the retirement of Police Chief Billy Grogan Jan. 11.

Grogan, who is Dunwoody’s first and only police chief, will step down June 1. He has more than 41 years in law enforcement.

“I’m grateful for the high standards he set and the leadership and commitment he showed every day,” Linton said. “I will miss Chief Grogan professionally and personally, but I’m confident that he has set the department on a course for continued excellence.”

Communications Director Jennifer Boettcher said Linton has begun the process of finding Dunwoody’s next police chief. She also said no decision about Grogan’s replacement has been made.

Grogan began his career in 1981 with the Marietta Police Department, where he rose to the rank of deputy chief. He was named police chief of the newly formed City of Dunwoody in 2008.

“I have had the privilege of working alongside some of the most dedicated and professional individuals within the law enforcement community while in Dunwoody,” Grogan said. “Their steadfast commitment to serving this community has set an unwavering standard for excellence, making the Dunwoody Police Department a source of immense pride for our community.”

In 2023, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police named him the Outstanding Chief of the Year.

Grogan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Masters of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, and the Senior Management Institute for Policing at the Police Executive Research Forum.

Grogan has published numerous law enforcement articles and two books on law enforcement’s use of social media. He also hosts a website called “Top Cop Leadership,” which provides informational resources and consulting for officers preparing for and serving as police chief.

“I am excited about what lies ahead for me but, at the same time, I’m sad about closing this chapter of my life,” Grogan said.

Grogan has participated in a variety of community programs including Coffee with a Cop, Polar Plunge, National Night Out and Read Across America. In addition, he serves in leadership roles with various nonprofits including I Care Atlanta, Special Olympics Georgia and Convoy of Care.

“One of the main reasons Dunwoody became a city was to improve public safety in our community, and Chief Grogan embraced this challenge from day one,” Mayor Lynn Deutsch said. “We’ve been so lucky to have his leadership and are so grateful for his service.”

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