Sandy Springs has a new deputy chief of police. Keith Zgonc, formerly a captain, was promoted to the second-in-command position at the Sandy Springs Police Department Feb. 12, the city announced.

Sandy Springs Deputy Chief of Police Keith Zgonc.

As deputy chief, Zgnoc will manage the operations and administrative functions of the department under Chief Ken DeSimone.

“Keith’s leadership abilities over the past 10 years have contributed greatly to the department’s success,” said DeSimone in a press release. “He is well-suited to continue his leadership role in this higher capacity.”

“This is a great opportunity to take my career to the next level in a community that I have grown to love, and I look forward to the challenge,” said Zgonc in the press release.

Zgonc has served with the Sandy Springs Police since the department’s inception in 2006. His 25-year career in law enforcement began in 1991 with the Smyrna Police Department. His assignments have included uniform patrol, community policing, media relations, investigation, training and communications.  Zgonc is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the FBI National Academy, and he currently sits on the academy’s Georgia Chapter Executive Board.

At the Sandy Springs City Council’s annual retreat last month, City Manager John McDonough said that hiring a deputy chief was among the steps the city was taking to follow recommendations of a recently commissioned study on the department’s staffing, organization and facilities. That report found the department to be generally well-run, but a more efficient staffing and command structure was among its recommendations.

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