Major Atkinson has been employed by the Doraville Police Department since August of 1993. He currently is the department’s Chief Executive Officer and Assistant Chief.
Major Atkinson joined the police department after graduating from the State University of West Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. His first assignment was that of a communications dispatcher/detention officer. Major Atkinson attended the 112th session of the Public Safety Training Institute and after graduating became a road patrolman in March of 1994. In January of 1997, Major Atkinson transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he served as Narcotics Investigator, as well as a General Investigator. He was promoted through the ranks, eventually becoming the commander of the Criminal Investigations Division in October of 2002. In addition to serving as the Criminal Investigations Division commander, Major, Atkinson has also served as the commander of the Uniform Division and the Administrative Services Division.
In April of 2004, Major Atkinson was assigned to the Chief’s office and was designated the department’s Chief Executive Officer. During Chief King’s military deployment, Major Atkinson served as the Acting Chief of Police. On Chief King’s return in April of 2010, he was promoted from Captain to Major in recognition of his outstanding service.
Major Atkinson is a graduate of the 216th Session of the FBI National Academy, the 09-35 session of the Georgia Chiefs of Police Executive Training School, and is currently attending the 40th class of the Command College at Columbus State University. He is certified through the National Institute of Truth Verification in Computerized Voice Stress Analysis and is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, the Georgia Chiefs of Police Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.