Chairman Oz Nesbitt, Sr. has named Sgt. Corey K. Hambrick, currently with the City of Conyers Police Department, as the County’s new Chief of Staff. Chairman Nesbitt plans to put the appointment on the Rockdale Board of Commissioners (BOC) January 10th meeting agenda for the Commissioner’s consent. His planned start date is January 16th, though he will physically be in office on January 17th due to the MLK Jr. holiday closure.
“Sgt. Hambrick’s strong communication skills coupled with his mastery of organizational management makes him a good fit to assist me in moving Rockdale County forward,” Nesbitt said. “In addition, Sgt. Hambrick will help strengthen the relationship between the city, county, and other local community entities and stakeholders. We have plenty of work ahead of us and Sgt. Hambrick is clearly ready to work.”
As Chief of Staff, Hambrick will mainly serve as the liaison among the BOC members, assist the Chairman with the County’s daily administrative functions, supervise department-level managers, represent the BOC in various relationships such as government organizations and task forces, handle oversight of executive-level policy analysis and development, and conduct critical research and present findings that are of interest to the BOC.
“I have known Sgt. Hambrick for a couple of years,” Commissioner Doreen Williams said. “I find him to be open, organized, and strategic. I look forward to working with him in the coming months and years.”
Hambrick, 33, led Nesbitt’s transition team overseeing the transfer of administrations when Nesbitt took office on January 1.
“Rockdale County is a great community to reside, work, and simply enjoy life in, so I’m honored to be selected to not only serve the citizens, but also the employees in such a substantial manner,” Hambrick said. “While I’ll definitely miss my fellow officers at Conyers Police Department, I look forward to working with the city from a different perspective of service.”
He continued, “Law enforcement is a part of my life so my intentions are to maintain my certification as a Peace Officer and serve the Police Department in a reserve capacity when called upon.”
Hambrick said he understands he has a very critical role to fill and is accustomed to hard work and bringing resolution to challenges, as he has much experience with leading in fairness and integrity. Therefore, he said he will do what is best for Rockdale County, particularly because team building and organizational leadership are two of his strong suits.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with someone with the leadership abilities and personal skills of Sgt. Corey Hambrick,” Commissioner Sherri Washington said. “Both of these personality traits were manifested in the way Mr. Hambrick led Chairman Nesbitt’s transition team. The transition period was professional and productive. I am looking forward to working with Mr. Hambrick to further move this county in a positive direction.”
Hambrick is the lead pastor of The Life Church Christian Center in Conyers and also serves as CEO and founder of Thinking Under Fire (TUF), an organization specializing in bridging the gap between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. Hambrick earned a Bachelors of Political Science degree from Alabama A & M University and Masters in Public Administration from Strayer University. He has served the City of Conyers for eight years. He started his career in public service as a police officer and rose up the ranks to several positions within the department including Field Training Officer, Corporal for Uniform Patrol, City Marshall, and Sergeant for both the Uniform Patrol and Criminal Investigation divisions.
During his tenure with the City, Hambrick completed and received the Leadership in Police Organizations certification by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Managerial Certification from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council.
Hambrick is married to Corrinne N. Hambrick. They live in Rockdale with their two youngest children, and have an oldest daughter who is a senior in college.