Mayor Denis Shortal swears in new Dunwoody Police officers Zach Woodburn (left) and Chris Valente. (Photo Dyana Bagby)

Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal swore in two new police officers at the April 25 City Council meeting.

Joining the force are Officer Zach Woodburn and Officer Chris Valente.

Woodburn comes to the Dunwood Police force with two years experience with the DeKalb County Police Department, said Chief Billy Grogan.

“Zach was one of our original Dunwoody Police Explorers in 2009 and spent over three successful years in the program,” Grogan said. Woodbury is in the Army National Guard and is studying Criminal Justice at Reinhardt University.

Valente also has two years service with the DeKalb County Police Department and is a Marine veteran who served a tour in Iraq and a tour in Afghanistan where he was awarded the USMC Purple Heart and the USMC Navy Achievement Medal.

“Zach and Chris are each highly qualified and motivated individuals who will fit in well with our department,” Grogan said.

One reply on “Dunwoody mayor swears in two new police officers”

  1. I’d like to know if anyone has interviewed these two officers and asked them if they were instructed by Dunwoody Police to get hired by Dekalb Police; receive their police training from the county and THEN the city will hire you. Training an officer properly is a $150,000 investment and Dunwoody just took a $300,000 investment away from the unincorporated Dekalb citizens. And why, all of the sudden is there a big turn over in police employees? Why was Lieutenant Hegwood forced to resign?

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