Chief Charles Spann has devoted the past four years of his life to ensuring the safety of the students, employees and visitors on Chattahoochee Technical College’s multiple campuses.
The retired Cobb County police officer, who had 26 years of service with the department, worked 3 1/2 years as the director of internal affairs and supervisor of the administrative offices with the Powder Springs Police Department after his retirement.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, Spann has served the last four years as the departmental training officer, public information officer, administrator of records and communications and terminal agency coordinator (TAC) for CTC’s police department before being named chief in May and director of public safety Oct. 1.
“I wanted this position to continue the growth that was started by the retired director, Willis Wade, Chief Darell Streefkerk and me,” he said. “We became a Georgia POST [Peace Officer Standards and Training]-recognized police department July 1, 2011.”
Name: Charles A. Spann Jr.
Occupational title: Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police
City of residence: Kennesaw
Education: Some college; U.S. Air Force veteran
Family: Widower of Wanda Spann; sons, Eric Spann and Charles (Tony) Spann III; daughters, Tiffanni Spann and Danielle Martin.
What are your job responsibilities?
A: Currently, I am directly responsible for the day-to-day operations of the police department as well as the formulation and implementation of policy and procedures.
What do you see as the most pressing safety concerns at CTC and how are they being addressed?
A: Any safety or security issue, however large or small, is a concern, and our top priority is the safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors that come to our eight campuses on a daily basis.
What kind of procedures/programs are in place at CTC to try to prevent incidents like the recent campus shooting in Oregon?
A: The police officers at Chattahoochee Tech are trained and updated on various emergency procedures, which include active shooter incidents.
What do you think is/are the best thing(s) about Chattahoochee Tech?
A: The customer-friendly environment, the student success center and the overall accommodating attitude that is displayed to students and visitors by faculty and staff.
What kinds of changes would you like to see occur in campus safety at Chattahoochee Tech in the next five years?
A: The only change would be the continued growth of the police department.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I carried the Olympic Torch in 1996 here in Georgia.
What would the title of your autobiography be and why?
A: “Autobiography of a Servant Leader.” I believe to be the perfect leader, you must have a servant’s heart and spirit to balance your skills and temperament.
What is your dream vacation and why?
A: Going to Hawaii. As a child, I always liked the beautiful tropical pictures and exotic fruits and plants.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
A: A servant leader.
If you could have one item — anything you want — what would it be and why?
A: Lots of money. To establish a foundation that would allow me to give scholarships for education and to give financial assistance to families with medical bills.
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