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Chief Mathis graduated from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a 2004 graduate of Drug Enforcement Administration (Drug Unit Commander Academy) in Quantico Va. Chief Mathis is a 2007 Graduate of the University of Louisville's Southern Police Institute class #118. Chief Mathis received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University in 2011 when he completed a two year command college program. Chief Mathis is also a 2017 Graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Program.
Chief Mathis began his career in 1993 with the City of Monroe Police Department in Monroe, GA. In 1995 he moved to the Henry County Police Department where he started as a patrol officer and worked his way up through the ranks. Chief Mathis was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2002 and tasked with running the Henry County Drug Task Force. In 2005 he was promoted to Major over the Uniform Patrol Division and in 2010 Mathis was appointed to the Assistant Chief of Police. Chief Mathis has a wide range of law enforcement experience in both government and corporate to include corporate embezzlement, Fraud Investigation, Criminal Investigation, Narcotics Investigation, Uniform Patrol, Community Relations, SWAT, Certified POST Instructor, Certified Forensic Interviewer and he has over 15 years of command level experience. In March of 2016 he became the police chief for Chattahoochee Hills until August of 2018 when he was hired by the city of Fairburn.