The Sandy Springs Police Department recently announced Kenneth DeSimone will serve as deputy chief of police starting Jan. 23.

DeSimone has worked in law enforcement and the military for more than 20 years, serving with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Police Department, the Matthews (N.C.) Police Department and as a Marine Corps Colonel in the military police.

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, DeSimone served eight years with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. He has worked on the tactical and operational level with police and military forces in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In 2005 he also oversaw more than 3,000 Iraqi border policemen in the Anbar and Najaf provinces along 600 miles of the Syrian, Jordanian and Saudi Arabian borders.

He has also worked for the Charlotte-based U.S. Investigative Security Services Agency, LLC, the company which was hired in July to conduct an investigation into questionable activities in the Sandy Springs Police Department, including an extravagant private training session and falsified time sheets.

DeSimone is a member of the Marine Corps Reserve and holds a bachelor of science in police administration degree from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He was selected from a pool of about 40 candidates and will be paid a salary of $105,000.