Sen. Renee Unterman Honors Retiring Gwinnett County Public Servants

ATLANTA (January 29, 2015)  |  Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford) recognized the distinguished careers of three retiring Gwinnett County public servants in the Senate Chamber this week. Gwinnett residents Ari Russell, Chief of Police Charles M. Walters and Kim Conroy were honored with Senate Resolutions 17, 18, and 21, respectively.

“I am honored to recognize the unmatched careers of Ari Russell, Police Chief Charles M. Walters, and Kim Conroy.” said Sen. Renee Untermnan. “Their accomplishments exemplify what it means to be a public servant, and I am thankful for their many years of dedication. Gwinnett County is a better place to live because of their efforts, and I wish them all the best in retirement.”

Ari Russell is retiring as the Executive Director of Gwinnett United in Drug Education (GUIDE), a joint initiative formed by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and the Gwinnett County Board of Education focused on the reduction and prevention of substance abuse.  Under her leadership, GUIDE has achieved many significant accomplishments, including the creation of Smoke Free Gwinnett, a coalition that championed the successful adoption of clean indoor air ordinances in Gwinnett County.

Chief of Police Charles M. Walters is retiring after 35 years of service in the Gwinnett County Police Department. Chief Walters holds a master’s degree in criminal justice and is a 1993 graduate of the FBI National Academy. He began his career as a police officer in Gwinnett County in 1979 and was appointed Chief of Police in 2003.

Kim Conroy has served as the Director of Transportation on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners since 2012. Mr. Conroy began working for the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation in 1985. A member of the American Public Works Association and Institute of Transportation Engineers, Mr. Conroy has served on numerous committees in Gwinnett County.

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For Immediate Release:
January 29, 2015

For Information Contact:

Jennifer Yarber, Director