Chief of Police

Chief Gary J. Gacek


Gary Gacek has served as Concord's Chief of Police since July 20, 2015. Gacek came to Concord from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and brings with him extensive law enforcement and police management experience.

Gacek began his career with the Milwaukee Police Department as a police aide in 1990 and was appointed to police officer in 1993. After four years in uniformed and undercover positions, he was promoted to sergeant in 1998. Over seven years he served in a variety of roles including field supervision of 60 patrol officers, human resource management, and conducting confidential internal affairs investigations in the professional performance division.

Gacek was promoted to lieutenant in 2005, and after serving as a patrol shift commander he returned to the professional performance division. Gacek was responsible for investigative case management, review and approval of pre-employment background and internal investigations, and coordination of the department’s hiring process.

In 2008, he joined the Office of Management, Analysis and Planning (OMAP), where he was responsible for managing the research, development, and implementation of departmental rules, policies, and procedures. He developed the department’s Code of Conduct manual for which he received the Chief’s Superior Leadership award. He also focused on analysis of legislation and court decisions to determine their impact on operations, as well as development and testing of new operational methods and techniques. Gacek was promoted to captain in July of 2009 and assumed oversight of the "CompStat" management performance process.

The remainder of his career in Milwaukee included command of several divisions, including criminal investigations, the emergency 911 communications center, internal affairs, and since March of 2014 the Neighborhood Task Force. Responsibility in this assignment included supervision of approximately 200 officers, 16 sergeants, 3 lieutenants, and 4 support staff in the tactical enforcement unit (commonly known as SWAT), motorcycle unit, K-9 unit, fugitive apprehension unit, street crimes unit, bicycle patrol unit, and the major incident response team. Gacek points to this experience as helpful in managing public safety operations and response at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord Mills, and other local attractions.

"It is a tremendous honor to be Concord's next chief of police," said Gacek. "I'm excited to meet and work with the men and women of the Concord Police Department and other City departments. I look forward to visiting Concord's neighborhoods and developing partnerships to improve public safety and take community policing to the next level. My family and I are thrilled to join the community and to call the City of Concord 'home.'"

Gacek is married to his wife, Valerie, and they have two sons: Tyler and Colin. He holds a master of arts degree in public service from Marquette University, with a specialization in criminal justice administration. When he is not working he enjoys long distance road cycling, golfing, home improvement projects, and going to concerts. He is also a NASCAR fan, with his favorite driver being Wisconsin-native Matt Kenseth.



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

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 or Major Robert Ledwell, Operations Bureau Commander may be contacted at 704-920-5025 or by email at

My Executive Assistant is Leslie Griffin and may be contacted at 704-920-5007 or