Chief Jeffrey Hadley


Jeff Hadley is currently the Chief of Police for the Chatham County (GA) Police Department. Before entering this position, he was the Chief of the Kalamazoo (MI) Department of Public Safety, an agency comprised of 225 sworn police/fire officers. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is the largest public safety department in the United States. Chief Hadley was selected in June of 2008 after a national search conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum.

Prior to his selection, Chief Hadley served 15 years with the Fort Wayne (IN) Police Department, where he rose to the rank of Captain and served in such capacities as Vice and Narcotics Commander, Director of Training, and Patrol Division Commander. Chief Hadley started his career as an officer with the Cape Coral Police Department, Cape Coral, Florida, in 1991.

Chief Hadley has a Masters Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a graduate of the 220th session of the FBI National Academy and 48th session of the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy.

During his tenure, Chief Hadley refocused the organization on building relationships with the community and developing trust as a cornerstone to improved Public Safety. In 2012, Chief Hadley proactively conducted a racial profiling study to measure disparate impact in traffic stops and post-stop activity. The results of that study measured significant disparate impact and made recommendations relative to culture, policy, and training.

Since that time, Chief Hadley and Staff have endeavored to implement the recommendations, having retooled the reward systems, trained the entire agency on Fair and Impartial Policing, developed “Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy” curriculum, developed “Consent to Search” policy and began moving from statistical measures of performance (citations, arrests) to more a qualitative/balanced analysis (non-traditional contacts, service oriented).

During Chief Hadley’s tenure, Part I Crimes have declined approximately 40% in the City of Kalamazoo.