Gary George, a former Independence police chief, has been busy since leaving the department.

Gary George, a former Independence police chief, has been busy since leaving the department.

George was recently recognized as 2008 Man of the Year for North Fulton, Ga., by The Beacon, a publication in Roswell, Ga.

George is the public safety director for Alpharetta, Ga.

George has “gained the trust of everyone in his department and his government” along with many others in the community for his open personality and vision for the city, according to an article about George  on The Beacon’s Web site.

He presided over implementation of a state-of-the-art 911 call center and an agreement with a nearby city, Milton, Ga., that has “vastly improved the state of public safety in both cities,” according to the article.

George worked his way up the ranks of the Independence Police Department over a 20-year span, eventually becoming Chief of Police in 1997. He left the department to become Alpharetta’s police chief after the city administrator recruited him, the article said.

George made immediate changes to Alpharetta’s police department. He added more officers, allowed those officers to take their patrol cars home and increased officer pay, according to the article.

To read the full article, go to www.beaconcast.com/articles/20081220