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GPTC Announces New Police Chief, Melody Maddox

DeKalb County - June 08, 2016

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is pleased to announce veteran law enforcement officer Melody Maddox was recently promoted to the position of Chief of Police 

During the past five years, Maddox has capably served as Assistant Police Chief and as a lead officer at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  Her duties included selecting and assigning personnel and training staff with regard to campus patrol operations.  Additionally, she has held positions with DeKalb County’s police department, the City of Atlanta’s police department and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s department.  

“I am delighted Melody Maddox has been named Georgia Piedmont’s new police chief,” stated Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  “She is a dedicated employee with more than 20 years of experience in planning and managing investigations, as well as coordinating police force activities.  Her background in DeKalb County is extensive, and I am certain she will continue to serve our Georgia Piedmont community well,” Dr. Simama continued. 

As police chief, Maddox will be responsible for all aspects of planning and administration of the Georgia Piedmont police force, which supports the college’s operations at three main campus locations as well as additional learning centers.  Maddox is P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standard Training) certified and is also certified as a defensive tactics instructor.  In addition to overseeing police operations, Maddox serves as an instructor on an as-needed basis for Georgia Piedmont’s Law Enforcement Academy (LEA).  The college’s LEA is the first of its kind in the State of Georgia to receive accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.  (CALEA).     

“Leading Georgia Piedmont’s Police Department is truly an honor,” Maddox said.  “I’m humbled to have this opportunity to continue serving the students, faculty and staff of the college.  I look forward to being a part of the leadership team that makes this institution the best it can be.”

Maddox earned her bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.  In December of 2016, she will complete a second master’s degree in African-American Ministries from the Newburgh Theological Seminary.  She is a member of St. Philip AME Church and has been selected as a member of Leadership DeKalb’s Class of 2017.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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