City Appoints Atkinson as Police Chief

Charles D. Atkinson has been appointed as permanent chief of police for Doraville.

Atkinson, 50, had served as the city’s interim police chief since June 2019, when John King resigned as chief to accept Gov. Brian Kemp’s appointment as Georgia’s insurance and fire safety commissioner.

Atkinson, who has served Doraville’s police department for more than 26 years, became interim city manager on Jan. 1, 2020, when Regina V.K. Williams-Gates stepped down to pursue other interests. He will continue in that role until a permanent city manager is hired from a search that is underway.

Atkinson was raised in Doraville. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of West Georgia and a master’s of public administration from Columbus State University.

“This is home,” Atkinson said of Doraville. “This city has meant a lot to my family. I have so many memories here, and it’s exciting to see how we are progressing as a city. The Doraville of today is not the Doraville of 30 years ago. I see great things ahead.”

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