The Department of Juvenile Justice has named former Gainesville police officer Ricky H. Rich as director of investigations.
Rich will be responsible for upholding high professional standards, safeguarding the integrity of internal investigations and maintaining investigative compliance, DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles said.
Rich has served as a city of Gainesville deputy marshal, Gainesville Police Department traffic enforcement coordinator, Patrol Division sergeant, Gainesville police vice-intelligence, narcotics supervisor, and Criminal Investigations Division investigator. He also served as vice-intelligence & narcotics field supervisor for the Gainesville-Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.
He also was former deputy director and law enforcement coordinator from the governor’s highway safety office.
Rich served as past state president of the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police and is a member of its Executive Board. He belongs to the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Peace Officers Association of Georgia, National Sheriff’s Association Traffic Safety Committee and International Association of Chiefs of Police Safety Committee.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from North Georgia College, and a master’s in Public Administration from Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University. He is a graduate of the Georgia Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Program.
Niles also announced the appointment of John T. Smith as his legislative liaison director.
Smith came from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, where he was serving as external affairs and policy adviser.
He is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance.