Executive Director, Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
P. O. Box 3992
Atlanta, GA 30302-3992
Chief Steven D. Heaton has 34 years of law enforcement experience which has encompassed all aspects in the field including patrol, investigations, internal affairs, public information, accreditation, state certification and administration.
Obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master of Public Administration, he expanded his education to become a graduate of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Command College, Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Course and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He headed the GILEE delegation to Israel in 2009. Chief Heaton is an Assessor and Team Leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and has served on numerous boards and committees to include the State Certification for Law Enforcement Agencies Committee for the State of Georgia and the Legislative Committee for the Georgia Chiefs of Police. He served as fourth Vice President for the Georgia Chiefs of Police Association until his retirement in August 2013.
Chief Heaton was involved extensively in the investigative field in the latter part of his career moving through the ranks from Detective to Major and in March of 2006 became the Police Chief of Fayetteville, Georgia, where he served for 7 years before retiring in August of 2013. In April 2014 Chief Heaton was selected to serve as the Police Chief of Griffin Police Department.