Norcross names Summers new police chief

Former Rockdale sheriff's deputy, Newton Asst. DA hired

NORCROSS -- The city of Norcross has a new police chief, naming former Rockdale County sheriff's deputy and assistant district attorney Warren Summers to the job.

Current chief Dallas Stidd is retiring, leaving the door open for Summers to step in on Dec. 28. Summers listed Norcross' "unique blend of small town charm and metro appeal" as an alluring reason to accept the position.

"Thirty years of law enforcement have taught me how to manage a wide variety of changes," Summers said.

Summers began his career with the Stockbridge Police Department before moving on to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office in 1978. There he took on a number of roles, including executive officer and commander of the East Metro Drug Enforcement Team, a multi-jurisdictional task force.

After retiring from that job in 2006, he earned bachelor's and law degrees. In 2009 he became an assistant district attorney and was most recently the drug prosecutor for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit's Newton County office. Summers is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

"I thought it'd be fun to practice law, but after a few years, realized I really missed being a law enforcement officer," Summers said. "I'm a participatory manager, meaning I don't just sit in the office, but am also out in the field."

"Having a law degree helps me teach other officers how to be more prosecution oriented -- teaching and mentoring so that in addition to arresting felons, they can improve their ability to get them legally convicted."

Summers' appointment comes at the end of a three-month assessment period, which included an initial selection process by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

"We felt that the chiefs association could best identify high-quality candidates," Norcross City Manager Rudolph Smith said. "Then we asked a lot of tough questions and when all was said and done, the city interviewing panel felt confident that Mr. Summers' qualifications were the best fit for Norcross."

Stidd was promoted to police chief in 2005 and has served the department since 1988 in roles including division manager for intelligence systems.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Stidd is also an Army veteran, serving in Kosovo from 1999 to 2000 and in Iraq from 1999 to 2000.