Named 2019 Outstanding Police Chief of the Year by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
Moss has more than 37 years’ experience, having begun his career in 1981 with the Atlanta Police Department. In 30 years, he rose to the rank of deputy chief, then retired to become Woodstock’s chief in March 2012.
Among his accomplishments: Moss led Woodstock to earn national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in 2017; expanded the Citizen’s Police Academy to a public safety academy; instituted a safe place to exchange items purchased online; built relationships with the Islamic community, and provided sworn personnel with cultural competency training. Moss formed a community group to ensure the body-worn camera program is successful, and obtained a $60,000 grant to fund the project. Woodstock’s crime rate has fallen, despite a 40% population growth in the past eight years.
Hobbies and interests
Moss plays an active role in the community through: Convoys of Hope, which assists victims of tornadoes in South Georgia and hurricane evacuees; Cops on Donut Shops fundraising events for Special Olympics; and by participating as a celebrity dancer in the Dancing for the Children fundraisers held by the Service League of Cherokee County.
Moss serves on the board of directors for Real Heroes Report Magazine, Atlanta-Carolina High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force Executive Board, Cherokee County Friends of Recovery DUI/Drug Court Board, Cherokee County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Board, chairs Reinhardt University’s Public Safety Institute Police Academy Board, and co-chairs the GACP Training Committee. Moss and wife, Sandra, have two daughters: Emily, a photographer, and Abbey, a high school senior.
In his words
“I am humbled and honored to serve as Woodstock’s chief of police and to be designated by GACP as the outstanding chief of the year. It is the greatest honor of my professional life. I feel fortunate that my professional path has led me to Woodstock, and I’m privileged to work with the women and men of WPD, as well as our forward-thinking city manager, mayor and council. From officers to civilian employees, from the volunteer Auxiliary to citizens and business owners, we all strive to make a difference every day. I remain keenly aware that I would never have had the opportunity to serve in this role without the encouragement and support of many, most importantly my wife, Sandra, and daughters, Emily and Abbey. They’ve put up with a lot of missed dinners and family functions, and I’m grateful to each of them for loving me through it all!”
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