SWAINSBORO, GA – East Georgia State College has hired Wiley A. Gammon, Jr., as its new Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police. His appointment is effective May 1.
President Robert G. Boehmer said the College is fortunate to have Gammon’s experience and qualifications. A Lieutenant with the Georgia Institute of Technology Police Department since 2007, Gammon is also a Georgia POST certified Manager and certified Supervisor, as well as a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.
“I’m excited to announce Gammon’s appointment as Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police. He is an excellent law enforcement professional and strong leader. Importantly, he understands the vital role Public Safety plays in serving students and the college community,” Boehmer said.
Gammon, who was hired following a state-wide search, has been a police officer for 22 years. He succeeds Major Wendell Bell, who graciously accepted and professionally carried out the responsibilities of Interim Chief of Police, following the retirement of Geroude “Drew” Durden, who served as EGSC’s Chief of Campus Police for 14 years.
Under Chief Durden’s leadership, the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council recognized East Georgia State College as having a Public Safety Office in June 2010 after rigorous planning and preparation by the College. EGSC’s Public Safety department employs Georgia POST certified police officers who provide 24/7 service to the campus.
Gammon previously worked for the Lilburn Police Department and retired from Bell South in 2004 with 31 years of service and perfect work attendance.
“I am honored to serve in this role with the highly professional officers and staff to provide a safe, secure and accessible environment for the entire East Georgia State College community,” Gammon said.
“Being employed at a Division 1A University in a large metropolitan city has given me a unique opportunity to interact with students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I’ve received training in a wide variety of law enforcement subjects and am well versed in campus policing and the Clery Act,” said Gammon.
Gammon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.
During his employment at Georgia Tech, Gammon received numerous awards and recognitions, including, Chief’s Above and Beyond Award in 2011, Supervisor of the Year in 2010, and Perfect Work Attendance for 9 Years.