Chief John Robison began his law enforcement career late in 2001 at the Alpharetta Police Department in Alpharetta, Georgia. He left Alpharetta in 2011 to work at the Powder Springs Police Department, becoming Chief of Police in 2015. John was fortunate enough to be able to return to Alpharetta in January of 2017 as the Public Safety Chief, where he is currently serving.
A strong believer in education, John received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University in 1993. In 1998, John earned a Master of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Seminary, and in 2014, he earned a Master of Justice Administration Degree from Columbus State University. in 2019, he earned his Doctorate of Public Administration from Valdosta State University. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command.
John began working as an instructor at Reinhardt University’s Police Academy in 2009 and has served as an instructor numerous times for several Georgia P.O.S.T. training academies. He also continues to serve as an adjunct instructor for Reinhardt’s Public Safety Leadership B.S. Program.
John has spent a great deal of time studying leadership in law enforcement, as well as the private sector in general. His goal is to be a transformational leader in his current role as Public Safety Chief, and the transformational leadership style is at the heart of what he teaches and speaks on anytime he is offered the opportunity. The transformational leader inspires others to be their best and works to create an environment where employees feel valued and realize they are a vital part of the organization. John’s experience and research have demonstrated to him that making leadership about those you lead is a tremendous benefit to the employees as well as the organization as a whole.