Stacey L. Cotton
Police Chief

City of Covington Police Department

Stacey Lanier Cotton has served as police Chief for the City of Covington Police Department since 1997. Chief Cotton’s career with the City of Covington has spanned over 30 years, over 19 years of that as Police Chief. He has held the rank of officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Assistant Chief.

The Covington Police Department under Chief Cotton’s Leadership has remained Internationally Accredited since 1985 and was the first agency in Georgia and the 10th in the nation to achieve this milestone. The department was the first agency in Georgia to receive the IACP Webber Seavey award in 2002 for innovative police programs.

Chief Cotton is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA where he attended the 188th session in 1997. In 2001 as a member of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program (GILEE) Chief Cotton served as the delegation head when he and other Georgia Law Enforcement Executives learned firsthand how to combat terrorism from the Israeli Police. In 2007 Chief Cotton was selected as a part of a pilot group from GILEE who traveled to London, England as a guest of the British Consulate in Atlanta for a series of meetings with London Police and officials concerning the upcoming 2012 Olympics. In 2010 Chief Cotton traveled to Turkey to study police issues in that country. In 2015 Chief Cotton was part of a delegation of police chiefs to visit the Republic of Georgia. Since that visit he has returned to teach the Georgian Police modern Police techniques.

In July 2009 Chief Cotton was sworn in as the President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP). This association represents over 550 Chiefs of Police and Agency Heads across the State of Georgia. He was named GACP Outstanding Chief of the Year in 2012. Chief Cotton has also served as special adviser to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) executive board along with other committee assignments over the years.

Chief Cotton serves on many boards and community programs including the Child Advocacy Center, A Child’s Voice (President), Chairman of the Newton County DFACS Board, and the newly formed DFACs Regional Board. He is a graduate and former chair of the Leadership Newton County Program, and a graduate of Leadership Georgia 2006. He has been a member of the Covington Rotary Club since 1998 and was named the 2012 Rotarian of the Year. In 2015 Chief Cotton was awarded the Robert S. Stubbs Guardian of Ethics Award for Rotary District 6910 consisting of close to 100 Rotary Clubs across northern Georgia. Chief Cotton served as the Rotary President for Covington 2016-2017

Chief Cotton holds an Associate’s Degree from DeKalb College, Bachelors Degree from Mercer University, a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy University. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Continuing and Professional Studies of Mercer University and American Intercontinental University. Chief Cotton and his wife Lana have a daughter Madisyn and twin boys Kyle and Kole.