Keith Kelley, Deputy Chief of Police, Athens-Clarke County Police Department
Deputy Chief Keith Kelley is currently in command of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department’s Field Operations Bureau. The Field Operations Bureau is comprised of the East and West Patrol Precincts, the Downtown Unit, and the police department’s Canine (K9) Unit.
Prior to his assignment to the Field Operations Bureau, Deputy Chief Kelley commanded the police department’s Administrative Bureau. The Administrative Services Bureau includes the Communications and Technology Division and the Standards, Records, and Training Division.
Deputy Chief Kelley began his career with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in December 1996. He served as a Communications Officer, Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD), and Training Officer. He was employed by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in November 1999 as a Communications Officer. He rose through the ranks and was appointed to the rank of Police Captain in 2015.
Deputy Chief Kelley has been responsible for many of the technological aspects of the police department. He spearheaded the implementation of numerous new technologies within the ACCPD including CAD/RMS/Mobile system upgrades, 911 telephone systems, various software systems, public safety camera solutions, ALPR systems, the implementation of sUAS (drone) technologies, significant upgrades to the department’s mobile command center, creation of a video integration center, a secondary communications center, and the formation of a tactical dispatch team. Deputy Chief Kelley is a certified CALEA Accreditation Manager and has overseen four highly successful CALEA on-site accreditations during his command over the Communications and Technology Division.
Deputy Chief Kelley is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the IACP’s Midsize Cities Division, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
In January 2018 Deputy Chief Kelley was appointed to the IACP’s Communications and Technology Committee and appointed as a vice chair in 2021. He also serves as chair of the IACP’s NG911 subcommittee and serves on the IACP’s sUAS (drone) subcommittee. Deputy Chief Kelley is the IACP’s representative on the Public Safety Next Generation 9-1-1 Coalition, a group of national public safety organizations united to promote legislative principles that address the needs and concerns of public safety.
Deputy Chief Kelley is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, the 79th session of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute of Policing (SMIP), IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) command training, and the 87th Session of the NENA Center Manager Certification Program (CMCP). Deputy Chief Kelley has a bachelor’s degree in Leadership Studies from Piedmont College. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration though Columbus State University’s Law Enforcement Command College. Deputy Chief Kelley also holds an active FAA Part 107 sUAS pilot certificate.
Deputy Chief Kelley also holds Fire and EMS certifications. He has served with Oconee County (GA) Fire-Rescue for over 25 years. He currently serves as Station Chief of Station 8, which is the primary response station for the busy and rapidly growing Epps Bridge Parkway-Oconee Connector area.
Deputy Chief Kelley and his wife Carol Anne live in the Watkinsville area. His wife is employed by a local civil engineering firm where she leads their sUAS (drone) program. They have twin children in elementary school.