Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Thanks Public Safety Commissioner George Turner for Service to Administration

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Public Safety Commissioner George Turner will build the most robust summer youth engagements plans in recent Atlanta history as one of his last acts as an Executive on Loan from the Atlanta Hawks.

“The City of Atlanta is grateful for Commissioner George Turner’s commitment and leadership,” said Mayor Bottoms. “A true public servant, Commissioner Turner stepped up to the plate when called upon without hesitation to ensure Atlanta remained one of the safest large cities in America while hosting the most successful Super Bowl in recent history. Thank you to both Commissioner Turner and the Atlanta Hawks for their unwavering commitment to their community.”

Commissioner Turner will remain with the City for 30 days to build out a summer youth program that will proactively engage Atlanta’s youth while schools are closed. Studies have shown that engaging young people during the summer months serves to both reduce the number of youth arrests and have a long-lasting impact on their behavior.

Mayor Bottoms appointed Commissioner Turner in September of 2018, overseeing the Atlanta Police Department; the Atlanta City Department of Corrections; the Office of Emergency Preparedness; and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. Since his appointment, Commissioner Turner has fast tracked his work to include helping coordinate Super Bowl LIII, saw the Atlanta Fired Rescue Department maintain its Class 1 insurance services office rating and helped to continue to make progress in reducing crime.

Prior to his appointment as Public Safety Commissioner, Turner served a total of thirty-six years with the Atlanta Police Department—seven of those as APD Chief.