Former State Trooper, Tift Sheriff Gary Vowell Named Interim Public Safety Commissioner

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

The Board of Public Safety voted unanimously to approve former Tift County Sheriff Gary Vowell to serve as the interim commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Governor Kemp applauded the board's decision, citing Vowell's lifelong career in law enforcement and dedication to integrity and public service. Vowell will assume this new role on March 1st, 2020.

"Gary Vowell is a respected and trusted leader within Georgia's law enforcement community, and he is a strong public servant who is ready to take the helm at the Department of Public Safety," said Governor Kemp. "Given his background, I know that Gary will be able to easily transition in this important role.”

"I was honored to receive the Governor's call to serve as interim commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, and I am deeply thankful to the board for their confidence in my ability to lead such a critical function of our government," said Gary Vowell. "My entire career has been devoted to keeping Georgia families safe and upholding the highest ideals of integrity in our law enforcement community, and I look forward to working in the Kemp administration.”