L-R: The Drug Task Force Control Board Members: B. Alison Sosebee, District Attorney; Larry Callahan, Chief of Police of East Ellijay; Dane Kirby, Sheriff of Fannin County; Lee New, Commander of Drug Task Force; Donnie Craig, Sheriff of Pickens County. Not pictured is Stacy Nicholson, Sheriff of Gilmer County.
On October 5, Mr. Lee New was sworn in as the new Commander of the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force by the Honorable Brenda S. Weaver, Chief Judge of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. The Drug Task Force combats illegal drug activity in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties and is supported by each of the Sheriff’s Offices and the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Office of District Attorney.
Mr. New brings to the Drug Task Force over 35 years of law enforcement training and experience. Mr. New began with the Atlanta Police Department in 1967, over the next 28 years he worked every assignment within the Atlanta Police Department including uniform patrol, homicide, narcotics, horse patrol, helicopter patrol and motorcycle squad. Ranks held were after patrol officer. Mr. New also held every rank with APD, except Deputy Chief and Chief, to include Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major.
In 1995, after retiring from APD with the rank of Major, Mr. New worked with NationsBank (now Bank of America) as Vice President in charge of Olympic Security. NationsBank had the exclusive banking rights to the Olympics, and during his tenure overseeing bank security as it related to the Olympics, the bank neither suffered any losses nor had any employees or customers injured on Olympic venues.
In 1997, Mr. New was hired by Cobb County as Chief of Police. Over the next eight years, Mr. New led Cobb County’s 650 man police force for the next eight years. Mr. New retired from Cobb County in 2005. In 2006, Mr. New was hired again in the private sector as Director of Security at Lake Arrowhead Yacht and Country Club, a position that he held until March 2015. Before becoming the Commander of the Drug Task Force, Mr. New was serving as Interim Police Chief for Euharlee, Georgia.
In addition to his years of experience in law enforcement and in providing security in the private sector, Mr. New has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Brenau University and is a graduate of the 94th session of the FBI National Academy.
District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee states “The knowledge and expertise that Mr. New brings with him to the Drug Task Force will be a great asset to the multi-jurisdiction investigations and prosecutions of illegal drug activity that poses such a threat to our community.”