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Chief Michael J. PersleyChiefPersley

Chief Persley was promoted to the rank of Chief on May 23, 2015, and assumed the duties of Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the City of Albany. He has been employed with the Albany Police Department for 24 years and has held numerous positions within the department. He was previously the Gang Unit Commander, East District Police Commander, and Assistant Commander of the Albany-Dougherty Metro SWAT Team where he has served as an entry team member, assistant team leader, team leader and negotiations commander. His other assignments have included working in narcotics, general theft and gang investigations.

Chief Persley holds a Master Degree in Administration/Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Darton College.

 Chief Persley has over 2700 hours of basic and advanced police training. He is a graduate of the IACP Leadership in Police Organization and is a member of the National Tactical Officer Association,
Georgia Tactical Officer Association, Georgia Gang Investigator Association, Georgia Association Chiefs of Police and International Association Chiefs of Police.
Chief Persley served 22 years as a member of the Georgia Army National Guard and retired at the rank of Captain.  He served as an enlisted soldier and a commissioned officer during deployments to
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan.


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