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Posted on: January 11, 2024

City Welcomes New Deputy Chief

Headshot of Deputy Chief Jerry JD Branch

The city welcomes Deputy Chief Jerry “J.D.” Branch to the Avondale Estates Police Department. The deputy chief was sworn in on Jan. 10 at the Board of Mayor and Commissioners regular meeting.

Branch has been in law enforcement for 20 years and began his career in 2003 at Clayton State University. In 2005, he joined the Lake City Police Department, obtained the rank of sergeant and worked as the Office of Professional Standards and Training commander.

"I am excited to welcome Deputy Chief Branch to the Avondale Estates Police Department. The wealth of experience he brings will be a real asset to the department as we continue focusing on training, community policing and building leaders in the force,” said Chief Harry Hess. “I look forward to working hand in hand with Branch to build on the progress we have made in these areas. "

Branch is a state certification manager and assessor. He has instructor certifications in general instruction, firearms, use of force, speed detection and taser. He also has Peace Officer Standards and Training intermediate, advanced, supervision and management certifications, as well as the FBI-LEEDA Supervision Trilogy certifications.

Branch is responsible for directing and supervising department patrol operations and internal affairs and serves as primary contact for all local, state and federal emergency action incidents.

“I look forward to working with the city manager, mayor, city council, the police department and most importantly the community and helping Avondale Estates reach new heights,” said Deputy Chief Branch.

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