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This Hall County man has reached a career goal with the GBI
Brad Parks

A Hall County man has been named special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Office of Privacy and Compliance.

As part of the GBI’s Investigative Division, Brad Parks will oversee open records documentation, accreditation activities and daily operations of the office, according to a GBI press release.

“I was ecstatic. It’s been a goal of mine to make special agent in charge, so it was really a good day,” Parks told The Times Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Most recently, he was part of Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s supervisory staff. In 2018, he graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Parks began his law enforcement career with the GBI in 1992, serving in the Perry Regional Field Office. 

Career highlights include promotion in 2002 to the rank of assistant special agent in charge at the State Health Care Fraud Control Unit and serving in 2005 as commander for the Appalachian Drug Task Force. In 2010, Parks became assistant special agent in charge at the Cleveland Field Office. 

“It’s a new opportunity, and I want to go into the unit and make sure that I’m doing the best job I can to make sure that we at least properly give out information to the public, so we can be as transparent as we possibly can be,” Parks said.

Parks received the GBI Award for Valor and the Governor’s Public Safety Award for Heroism in 2001, as a member of the GBI’s Special Operations Unit Special Response Team. 

In 2000, a member of the SWAT team was shot in Rabun County, and Parks and others went in to rescue the downed officer.

“I don’t talk about it a lot, but I can remember every bit of it,” Parks said.

He has served as a bomb disposal technician for the GBI since 2002.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University and his master’s degree in 2010 from Columbus State University. He also is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State.

Staff writer Nick Watson contributed to this report.

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