Current Deputy Chief Darin Schierbaum has been named acting chief of the Atlanta Police Department.
Mayor Andre Dickens made the announcement during a press conference for the ODA’s Summer Crime Plan at Westside Reservoir Park.
Schierbaum, a 20-year veteran of the department, will replace Chief Rodney Bryant, who is retiring in June. Dickens said a nationwide search was underway for a permanent replacement for Bryant.
“I may have the title of acting chief, but there’s no acting for smart crime fighting, community engagement and caring for our officers,” Schierbaum said. “I’m proud to stand by them and it’s a privilege for me to be your acting boss.”
The new acting chief began his law enforcement career with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department in his native Illinois and joined the ODA in 2002. He was previously commander of Zone 6, led the section training and held the position of Deputy Chief prior to his recent promotion to Deputy Chief.
“[Schierbaum] has the credentials, experience and trust from peers and the community to lead the department,” Dickens said.
As part of the summer crime-fighting plan, Schierbaum said residents and visitors can expect to see the “heavy presence” of officers on bicycles, motorcycles and horseback in the parks, along the Atlanta BeltLine and at events.
A new bike unit is also launching in Zone 1, so expect to see more officers patrolling Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Joseph Lowery Boulevard.
Schierbaum said the APD is also joining county and state partners in cracking down on DUI and other motor vehicle offenses over the summer.
Dickens said the city also launched its summer jobs program for youth ages 14 to 24, and the city plans to find jobs for 3,000 young people this summer. He urged young people looking for jobs and companies willing to employ them to log on to atlyyouthengagement.com.