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Michael Carswell

Holly Springs Police Chief Michael Carswell has retired, the city announced Tuesday.

Carswell’s last day was Monday after 38 years policing, according to the city.

Under the chief’s leadership, the city has been ranked among the top safest cities in Georgia and the United States.

“If you ever read his column in the City’s Whistle Stop newsletter, you know that he is serious about being kind to others, values personal relationships, and despite having a career that lends itself to seeing the worst around him, preferred to see the good in others,” city spokesperson Erin Honea wrote in a release.

Carswell worked at Smyrna and Marietta police departments, as well as the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office before joining Holly Springs Police Department in 2009. He has supervised SWAT and critical response teams, narcotics/COBRA units, as well as field and training units. Carswell was sworn in as Holly Springs Police’s deputy chief in January of 2014 and as the chief on Dec. 5, 2016.

Deputy Chief Tommy Keheley, with command staff, will cover the police chief’s duties until the city announces a new chief, Honea told the Tribune.

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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Jimmy Nomayo

Adios, muchacho! Don't let the door hit you on your way out.

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