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Chief of Adairsville Police, Rick Townsend has died

December 7,2017, 1:48 p.m.

PRESS RELEASE

Rick Townsend, Chief of the Adairsville Police Department, passed away early Thursday morning.

Captain Louis Dean of the Adairsville Police Department, said “Chief Townsend fought a great fight, but succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was a great man, a leader and a friend and he will be missed.”

 According to a biography provided at the time by radio station WBHF.

Townsend was named chief in April 2016 after city officials reviewed 56 applicants for the post.
Townsend has over 41 years of law enforcement experience with 25 years in law enforcement management.

He served as chief of police at a 25-person agency and as a commander of a 140-person agency in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Townsend served as president of the FBI National Academy Associates Georgia Chapter, having graduated from the National Academy in 1989.

In 2008, Townsend was selected by the FBI to serve as the director of the FBI Georgia Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. The week-long executive management program is held yearly at the FBI Atlanta Field Office.

Townsend worked with the GBI, Georgia State Patrol, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI to develop the program. To date, hundreds of law enforcement executives have completed the program.

Townsend was nominated by GBI Director Vernon Keenan for his continued contribution to the law enforcement profession and in 2013 received the Governor’s Public Safety Award.

Townsend has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbus State University.”

Information regarding his services will be forthcoming.

For information please contact Captain Louis Dean of the Adairsville Police Department.