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J. Robert “Robbie” Hamrick, Past National President (1997); May 16, 1940 - Aug 11, 2018 by Pat Davis THE HISTORIAN’S SPOTLIGHT

Robbie was appointed Chief Deputy of the Forsyth County Sher- iff’s Office by Sheriff Ted Paxton on January 1, 2001 and served in that position until his retirement in 2012. He was active with the FBI National Executive Institute Associ- ates (NEI) and since graduating the 100th Session in 1975, he was ac- tive member of the National Academy Associates, serving as National President in 1997. He held lifetime memberships with the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Georgia Peace Officers Asso- ciation. In addition, he was a member and past Chairman of Atlanta Metropol, an organization of law enforcement and private security ex- ecutives; and a member of the International Associations of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 he was invited by the Department of Justice and the FBI to serve on the National In- frastructure Protection Study Group as one of five representatives from local and state law enforcement agencies nationwide. He received both Undergraduate and Masters’ Degrees in Crim- inal Justice from Georgia State University. He served on the Board of the Georgia State Alumni Association and the College of Public and Urban Affairs Advisory Board. He was also recognized as a distin- guished alumnus of DeKalb College. He was a member of the South Forsyth Rotary Club, Forsyth YMCA Board and served on the Board of Directors for the Bald Ridge Lodge, a shelter for “troubled boys” and he served on the Board of Dea- cons of the Johns Creek Baptist Church, where he and his wife Linda were longtime members. He is survived by his wife Linda , an adult son and grand- daughter.

former FBINAA National President Robert (Robbie ) Hamrick

I t is with regret that we announce the passing of former FBINAA National President Robert (Robbie ) Hamrick . Robbie passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, August 12, 2018. He spent over forty years in law enforcement. Robbie was born May 16, 1940 in Carrollton, Georgia. His career dates back to 1959, when he was hired by Georgia Depart- ment of Public Safety as a radio dispatcher. He was appointed to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) as a Special Agent in 1969. During his career with GBI he served in a number of po- sitions including Squad Commander, Criminal Intelligence Unit; Special Agent In Charge, Atlanta Field Office; Inspector of Field Operations; Director of Investigative Division. He also served as Supervisor of Investigations on the Atlanta Murdered and Missing Children Task Force. He was appointed Director of GBI on September 1, 1985 by then Governor Joe Frank Harris and served in that capacity under Gover- nors Harris and Zell Miller . On September 1, 1993 he retired from GBI with over thirty-five years of service. His tenure as Director is the longest for anyone serving in that capacity.


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