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Gainesville Police announce new deputy chief
Jay Parrish will start new job Aug. 3
Jay-Parrish
Jay Parrish

The role of deputy chief at the Gainesville Police Department will soon be filled once again.

Capt. Jay Parrish is being promoted Aug. 3 to the job that has been vacant since Police Chief Carol Martin was sworn in Jan. 6.

Parrish has worked as a patrol officer, detective, training division director and captain of the Support Services Bureau.

“Deputy Chief Parrish brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the critical task of protecting our great city,” Martin said. “... I am confident that Deputy Chief Parrish will make tremendous contributions to this department and to our city, especially those to address the law enforcement challenges of the 21st century.”

Parrish is a lifelong resident of Hall County. He graduated from North Hall High School in 1995 and from what was then North Georgia College & State University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

He also served six years in the Marines and is a graduate of the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute Management Development Program and the FBI National Academy.

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