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After a nearly two-month search, the City of Lilburn announced Monday that it has named a new chief of police who’s currently a captain with the agency.
Chris Dusik, a 20-year law enforcement veteran, will oversee a department of 34 sworn officers, along with the traffic unit, criminal investigation, internal affairs, code enforcement, and records. He replaces former Chief Bruce Hedley, who retired in July. Stockbridge Assistant Chief Glenn Kalish had served as interim chief since then.
“We are proud of the fact we had internal candidates with outstanding leadership skills and law enforcement experience apply for this position,” City Manager Jenny Simpkins said. “Chief Dusik will improve upon an agency whose officers are respected by citizens and top-notch at protecting our community.”
A Gwinnett County native, Dusik spent two years as a police officer in Central Florida with the city of Leesburg. In 2005, he joined the Lilburn Police Department, working his way through the ranks of officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He’s held various roles, among them Patrol Watch Commander, Criminal Investigations Division Commander and Special Operations Manager.
Additionally, Dusik was assigned as an affiliate of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He also has commanded the Multi-Jurisdictional Special Response Team.
“I am honored to be the next chief for the city of Lilburn,” Dusik said, adding that he is “deeply invested” in the town, its citizens, the department and its dedicated officers.
“I am committed to upholding the integrity and ethics of the department,” he said, “and will continue to provide our citizens exceptional service. LPD will continue to ensure that crime is reduced through visible patrols, quick police response and community partnerships.”
With the help of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), the city appointed a panel to review nearly a dozen applicants.
“The process was thorough and professional,” Mayor Tim Dunn said. “In Dusik, we have proven talent and an ethical leader who is respected by our officers and the law enforcement community in general. Our citizens can rest assured there will be no lapse in reactive and proactive police operations.”