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Former Gwinnett police chief named Johns Creek's top cop

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's former police chief will help the new city of Johns Creek form its own law enforcement agency department.

Bill Dean, who retired in 2004 after more than 30 years with the Gwinnett department, including five as chief, was selected as the north Fulton city's interim police chief Monday.

"Bill was chosen because of his outstanding background," Johns Creek City Manager John Kachmar said. "He will help us start a new police department, whose goal from the start will be to obtain full accreditation as a law enforcement agency."

Dean, 59, served with the state Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, conducting more than 25 on-site inspections of police and sheriff departments to verify compliance with nationally recognized standards.

Dean's bi-weekly salary will be $5,308.

Since Johns Creek's incorporation on Dec. 1, 2006, the city has received fire and police services from Fulton County, and the charter allows for those services up to two years.

Also working with the new city is former Gwinnett County administrator Charlotte Nash, who is working as a consultant, and former Gwinnett planning and development director Mike Williams, who is Johns Creek's director of community development. The newly formed city of Sandy Springs hired former Gwinnett fire chief Jack McElfish to head its fire department.

Dean's departure from Gwinnett drew controversy, when he remained on the county payroll for an extra year in order to take advantage of a more lucrative pension deal. Dean had accrued enough vacation time to stay with the department, and he worked in that time to help Chief Charlie Walters in his new position and to study the opening of a homeland security department within the county. An investigation from the district attorney's office found no wrongdoing.