Director of Parole Christopher Barnett Attends Training for Chief Executives of Law Enforcement Agencies

October 2, 2017
Executive Director of Parole Christopher Barnett attended the Chief Executive Training Class for appointed chiefs of police and heads of law enforcement agencies at the Dr. Curtis E. McClung Training Center in Duluth, Georgia, from September 18-27, 2017.
The 60-hour course, administered and provided by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), is required by state law for all appointed heads of law enforcement agencies. 
The curriculum is designed to give appointed law enforcement administrators and command staff personnel training on police management, as well as inform them of laws and policies affecting their departments. Topics covered in the course include: Managerial Liability and E.E.O.C. Laws, Police Manpower Allocation & Staffing, Community Policing, Budget Administration, Political & Practical Realities, Risk Management, Evolution of Ethics, Media Relations, Departmental Organization, Employee Selection Process, Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Overview, Promotional Systems, United States Department of Justice Programs, Leadership/Management Role of the Chief, Employee Performance & Employee Discipline, Legislative Process, Social Media for Law Enforcement Leaders, and other timely topics.
"The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police is pleased to provide executive level training for the professional development of Georgia’s new law enforcement leaders,” said GACP President Dennis Nelson of the Clayton County Department of Corrections. 
Christopher Barnett was among 50 law enforcement administrators attending the course. The GACP provides the executive training for appointed heads of law enforcement agencies and command staff personnel twice a year, along with several other training programs throughout the state. It is the largest professional association for law enforcement administrators in Georgia, and one of the largest in the country. The membership of over 1,700 includes executives representing municipal and county law enforcement agencies, college and university police departments, corporate and private security firms, and numerous state and federal agencies.
“It is important to be a learning organization and therefore important to take advantage of opportunities such as the training provided by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, which is among the best in the nation. The GACP training provided cutting edge techniques and scientific approaches to assist executives in leading their agencies to successful outcomes in today’s environment,” stated Barnett.
As Executive Director of Parole, Barnett is in charge of the operations of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. He reports directly to the five member Parole Board.
Christopher Barnett
Executive Director of Parole Christopher Barnett was appointed to the position in August of 2015 after serving as Interim Director and guiding the Board through a significant reorganization of the agency as parole supervision transitioned to the new Department of Community Supervision.
Director Barnett has worked to strengthen relationships with community stakeholders and criminal justice partners and inform Georgians about the parole consideration process.
Mr. Barnett joined the Georgia Parole Board in 2003 as a parole officer in the Marietta Parole District. Promotions to senior parole officer, assistant chief parole officer, field operations officer, senior field operations officer and statewide program manager followed. In May 2013, he was promoted to regional director, supervising all operations and parole districts within the Northeast Region.
Mr. Barnett is a native of Hinesville, Georgia. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University.
For more information regarding the Chief Executive Training please contact Frank Rotondo with the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).
For information about the State Board of Pardons and Paroles visit or call the Office of Communications at 404-657-9450.