Command Staff


Joseph Spillane

Chief of Police

A decorated veteran with nearly 30 years of experience policing the streets of Atlanta, Chief Spillane graduated from the Atlanta police academy as the valedictorian of his class in 1988. He quickly rose through the ranks, serving in five of the city’s six precincts and becoming deputy chief in 2013, when he was appointed to oversee the Atlanta Police Department’s strategic crime fighting initiatives and ultimately all of Field Operations.

Chief Spillane twice earned the Atlanta Police Department’s Meritorious Service Medal, the department’s second highest commendation, once for removing residents from a burning building and another time for removing a critically wounded man from a basement for medical attention after a shootout with the police.  Currently a Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST) certified Senior Instructor, Spillane is also a former instructor at the Atlanta Police Academy.  Spillane has earned multiple certifications from the Georgia Peace Officer Training and Standards Council, among others.

Chief Spillane is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a leadership course conducted by Harvard professors in Boston.  Chief Spillane is also a graduate of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), held in Israel.  He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Saint Leo University in Florida.

Chief Spillane retired from the City of Atlanta in November of 2016 and began his new position as the Chief of Police for Georgia State University.


Carlton Mullis

Carlton Mullis

Deputy Chief

Chief Mullis is the Deputy Chief of police, with responsibility for the operations of the department. These duties include supervision of the patrol, training, communications and investigation units.

Chief Mullis began his law enforcement career at the University of Georgia Police Department in 1986. He joined the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Police in 1996 where he served until returning to campus law enforcement in 1999 with the Georgia State Police.

Chief Mullis holds a master of science degree in criminal justice from Georgia State University and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Georgia.


Anthony Coleman

Police Operation Major

Major Anthony Coleman joined the police department in 1992. He walked the beat as a patrolman and has served as a corporal, sergeant and lieutenant on the various patrol shifts and investigation division. Shortly after the Olympics in 1996, he started a 10-officer police bicycle patrol, which has now grown to more than 20 officers.

As operations major, he serves under the deputy police chief overseeing the patrol, investigation and communications divisions, the award-winning crime prevention team, the award-winning pedestrian safety team and the internal affairs division.

Major Coleman received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University and his master’s degree from Columbus State University. He has also attended several incident command classes and serves as incident commander on high-profile events and occurrences. Major Coleman serves as a team leader traveling throughout the state to assist other agencies with their State of Georgia certifications.


Brian Lawton

cropped_brian_lawtonPolice Services Captain

Brian Lawton is the captain over the police services division and has more than 100 sworn and non-sworn personnel under his command, including crime prevention, supply, community services, security, physical security systems and key control.

Captain Lawton has been active in law enforcement for more than 16 years. He started his law enforcement career with the Georgia State Police Department and has advanced through the ranks. He served as a corporal for more than 10 years and shift lieutenant for three years before being promoted to the rank of captain.

He earned his masters degree in public administration from Capella University and a bachelors in criminal justice from Bloomfield College.


Bart Hulsey

Police Operations Captain


Bart Hulsey started his police career at the City of Atlanta Police Department in 1982. In 1987 he accepted a position with the Gwinnett County Police Department. Captain Hulsey steadily rose through the ranks at Gwinnett County serving as a Sergeant, Lieutenant (shift commander) and finally Major.

During his 11 years as a Major he commanded three different precincts, was Commander of the Special Investigations Section (Vice/ Narcotics). During his tenure in SIS his teams set three consecutive records for seizures of illegal narcotics. In 2005 the unit earned the Valor Award as “Unit of the Year” from the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.

Captain Hulsey retired from the Gwinnett County Police Department in December of 2010 as one of the most decorated officers in the department having been awarded a Medal of Valor, two Distinguished service medals and two Police Achievement Medals. In October of 2012 Captain Hulsey began his career at Georgia Perimeter College. After the consolidation with Georgia State University he was promoted to the rank of Captain and is in charge of the patrol division for all five campuses; with over 100 officers under his command.

Captain Hulsey holds many Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Certifications, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Mercer University.