Chief of Police

Chief Gary J. Gacek

 

Chief Gary Gacek has served as Concord's Chief of Police since July 2015. Chief Gacek came to Concord from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he served in the Milwaukee Police Department for 25 years.

Chief Gacek began his career in 1990 as a Police Aide, eventually rising to the ranks of Police Officer, Police Sergeant, Lieutenant of Police and Captain of Police – the rank at which he retired. Chief Gacek worked in a variety of operational, administrative, and special assignments.   

Since his appointment as Chief of Police, Chief Gacek has lead a continual reduction in crime and lowered Concord’s crime rate to a level not seen in over twenty years. Chief Gacek has implemented an evidence-based community policing strategy, updated the department’s technology and information systems, expanded the department’s analytical and intelligence capabilities, invested in best practice training for line staff and management, and developed several community engagement and social media initiatives.       

Chief Gacek holds an associate’s degree in Police Science from the Milwaukee Area Technical College; a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University; a master’s degree in Public Administration from Marquette University; a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia; and a graduate certificate in Law Enforcement Leadership and Management from Marquette University. Chief Gacek is also a graduate of the 231st Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Chief Gacek is married to his wife, Valerie; and has two sons, Tyler and Colin. When not working, Chief Gacek enjoys long distance road cycling, mountain biking, and golf.  



 

If you are interested in a career with our department, please contact Sergeant Brian Kelly at 704-920-5006 or by e-mail at kellys@concordnc.gov. You may also access the required City of Concord Employment Application and F-3 form at concordcareers.silkroad.com.

You may contact any coworker by calling the departments main line 704-920-5000.

I also encourage you to contact a member of the Executive Staff if you have a problem with one of our coworkers or have a question. Deputy Chief Jimmy Hughes, Patrol Bureau Commander, may be contacted at 704-920-5060 or by email at hughesj@concordnc.gov or Major Robert Ledwell, Operations Bureau Commander may be contacted at 704-920-5025 or by email at ledwellr@concordnc.gov..

My Executive Assistant is Leslie Griffin and may be contacted at 704-920-5007 or griffinl@concordnc.gov.