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Austell’s first Black Police Chief sworn in


The first Black Chief of Police for the City of Austell was sworn in on Friday. Orrin Scott Hamilton made history as he took his oath of office before family, friends, elected and appointed officials, and members of Austell’s governing body. With his new appointment, Hamilton became the first Black Police Chief in Cobb County’s history.

Hamilton began his Law Enforcement career with the Cobb County Police Department in November 1995 as a uniform patrol officer in Precinct Three. During his tenure with CCPD, he earned the opportunity to serve in several assignments. With a career that spans over two decades, Hamilton’s 26-plus years of service included leadership roles in various areas including Field Training Officer, DUI Task Force (Sergeant), MCS Cobra Narcotics Team (Corporal), DPS Training Unit (Sergeant), Criminal Investigations (Sergeant and Lieutenant), Special Operations Commander which he managed Traffic Services, K-9 Unit, DUI TF, Mobile Field Force, EOD, DIVE Team, TFO, Honor Guard, and Special Events.

 “It’s a blessing first of all, I give all the credit to God because there’s no way this would’ve occurred or happened without him,” Hamilton said of his appointment. “My vision for the City of Austell Police Department is to ensure our department is reflective of the community we serve. Community engagement and involvement is important to the mission.”

While most of his time has been spent within Cobb County law enforcement, Hamilton understands the importance of being an intuitive member of his community. He is Chairman of the Cobb Police Athletic League (PAL), a non-profit organization that utilizes sports and mentorship as a tool in juvenile crime prevention.

The Cordele, Georgia native holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. He began his career as a Police Officer in November 1995, where he quickly recognized his passion for serving.


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