5th Vice-President IACP

True leadership finds its place and leaves its mark.

2021 IACP Announcement

My name is Stacey Cotton and I am a candidate for IACP fifth vice president in 2021. I have served as a police officer for 34 years here in my hometown of Covington, Georgia, 23 of that as police chief. I have always approached my law enforcement career with a servant’s heart. That belief in how I serve my community has also assisted me in my career as a fellow law enforcement officer and chief. Serving the law enforcement community is important to me and I am a proud life member of the IACP.

2020 has brought many challenges to our country and to our profession. I believe that during the most troubled times true leadership finds its place and leaves its mark. I sincerely believe that the next months and years will shape our profession in a profound way. I want to be a part of that transformation and help shape law enforcement for the next generation. I want to make sure your voice is heard, and that any transformation continues to move our profession forward in a positive and productive way. The IACP will be the association that does that.

As my three-year appointment to the Board of Directors Financial Review Committee (FRC) comes to an end, I know that our association is fiscally strong and poised for the future. My time on the FRC allowed me to see firsthand how strong our Executive Board’s leadership truly is. The IACP’s Executive Director and staff handle the complexity of this great association with professionalism and grace that is an example to all other law enforcement associations.

Stacey L. Cotton

Chief of Police, Covington, GA, USA

State Endorsements

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Board hereby endorses Chief Stacey Cotton for IACP 5th Vice President. Chief Cotton has been a long standing member of our organization, serving in a variety of leadership roles, to include serving as one of our past Presidents. Chief Cotton is highly regarded among his peers and has the business acumen and leadership experience to further advance the priorities of the IACP Executive Board.

Chief Bruce HedleyGACP President

Personal Endorsements

I have known Stacey for more than 20 years and have had the opportunity to observe his leadership qualities from up close. Conyers and Covington are only 10 miles apart with no cities in between. Stacey will be an active and vital contributor to the Board and membership. He represents the best of law enforcement!

Chief Roland VaughnRet. Conyers, Georgia (Past President IACP, 1991 - 1992)

Chief Cotton will bring two decades of experience as a police chief and a recognized leader in our profession. Stacey possess and has demonstrated all of the attributes necessary to lead the IACP.

Chief Lou DekmarLaGrange, Georgia (Past President IACP, 2017 - 2018)

I have had the honor of knowing Chief Stacey Cotton for more than 25 years. He is recognized as a highly knowledgeable and respected police executive on the local, state, national, and international stage. Stacey’s leadership acumen is exactly what the IACP needs to further its critical mission.

Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” DavisDurham, North Carolina (Past President N.O.B.L.E.)

IACP must continue to attract and develop quality law enforcement leaders and engage them in the business of the association to ensure the viability of our association. Stacey Cotton is one of those leaders who has already contributed to the success of IACP and seeks to continue that contribution by running for the 5th VP. He is uniquely qualified to fill that role and through the chairs and continue the success of IACP as a world leader in public safety.

Chief Joseph G. EsteyRet. Hartford Police Department, Vermont (Past President IACP, 2004 - 2005)

Chief Cotton has been actively involved with the IACP over the past 20 years serving in several positions. He is a professional law enforcement leader who understands the challenges of policing today.

Chief Don De Lucca(Ret.) City of Doral Florida IACP (Past President IACP 2016-2017)

I am proud to endorse Stacey Cotton for IACP 5th Vice President at the upcoming conference in New Orleans in 2021. I am convinced that he is the right person and am confident if elected he will bring a wealth of experience and passion to this important position.

Chief Joe PolisarGarden Grove, CA (Past President IACP, 2003-2004)

I am honored to endorse Chief Stacey Cotton for 5th Vice President IACP. I have known Chief Cotton for over 17 years in a professional capacity and truly respect him for his leadership, honesty, and humility. There is no doubt in my mind that Chief Cotton would represent and advocate for our members on critical and sensitive issues that are highly important to our jobs as chiefs, such as: use of force; bias-based policing, transparency with the public; fair and impartial internal affairs investigations; and mental health training and wellness programs for our officers; etc.

For these reasons and others, I ask that you join me in voting for Chief Stacey Cotton as the next 5th Vice President IACP.

Chief Anthony PurcellAssociate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police The University of Alabama at Birmingham Police and Public Safety Department

I met Stacey several years ago in a room full of accomplished law enforcement executives. I was not an executive and no one in the room knew who I was. Stacey took the time to converse with me, helping me feel like I belonged in that room. That’s the kind of leadership we need in the IACP, someone connected to people, no matter their status, no matter their title, no matter their appearance.

Jason ArmstrongPolice Chief, Ferguson Police Department

I know Stacey, he is an outstanding, fantastic person. Serving in IACP together I can testify that he is a forward-thinking, in medias res figure, whose leadership style and effective, problem-solving attitude would serve this institution very well. In IACP 'I' stands for international so it's important to emphasize that Stacey has got a wide range of international law enforcement connections and international experience he can build on in the daily work of this fabulous institution. Go IACP, go Stacey! He is the 5th element, vote for him! 🙂

Dr. Richard LeyrerHead of International Relations Department Ministry of Interior, Hungary, EU

I have known Chief Stacey Cotton for over two decades through my involvement with CALEA and IACP. Chief Cotton has a wealth of experience and is well-prepared to lead the IACP. Chief Cotton is a proven leader with an ethical background and a demonstrated ability to lead successful and professional police organizations. As a Past-President of the IACP (2005-2006), I fully support his candidacy and he will have my vote for Vice-President at the IACP Conference in 2021.

Chief Mary Ann ViveretteRet. Gaithersburg, Maryland (Past President IACP 2005-2006)

"During my time at IACP, I had the pleasure of getting to know and work with Stacey Cotton. He is an outstanding individual and talented law enforcement professional. Chief Cotton's efforts to strengthen and improve policing are as long, productive and deep as are his many contributions to the IACP. From his service as a CALEA manager, to his international training efforts, to his leadership of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, to his work on a variety of important IACP activities like the Financial Review Committee, Stacey Cotton has created an extraordinary record of commitment and excellence that make him more than highly qualified to climb into the elected leadership ranks of the Association. I am pleased to offer my endorsement for his 5th Vice President candidacy and to add my name to the long list of distinguished law enforcement leaders who have done the same."

Dan RosenblattIACP Executive Director, 1989-2011

I am proud to endorse Chief Stacey Cotton for IACP 5th VP. Stacey has been a friend for over 30 years. He has shown his commitment to law enforcement and the IACP throughout his 35 years of service. Stacey has served the City of Covington honoring the legacy of his mentor, Chief Bobby Moody (deceased), who also served as President of IACP. Stacey is an honest and ethical leader who will represent the members while honoring his oath to uphold the IACP Constitution. Please join me in voting for Chief Stacey Cotton as our next 5th Vice-President.

Chief John WhetselPast President 1994-95, Oklahoma County Sheriff/Choctaw Police Ret.
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Boards Served On

Professional Boards and Affiliations

Georgia Board of Public Safety 2019

International Association of Chiefs of Police Life Member

International Association of Chiefs of Police Board of Directors Financial Review Committee 2018-2020

Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis Governor Appointment 2015

Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Board, President 2009-10

Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition Board of Directors

Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police: Legislative, Training, Corporate Committees

Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police: Chair, 1st Curtis McClung Excellence Award

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.: Team Leader/Assessor.

International Association of Chiefs of Police: Conference Committee (2006-08)

International Association of Chiefs of Police: Elections Committee

International Association of Chiefs of Police: Special Advisor to the Executive Board

Ninth Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program to Israel, 2001 (Head of Delegation)

Metropol Board of Directors 2000-04, Chairman 2003-04

Professional Boards and Affiliations

Rotary Club of Covington President 2016-2017

Newton County DFACS Board Chairman 2012-Present

Chairman Newton/Walton Child Advocacy Center (founding member) 2006-2016

Leadership Georgia Class of 2006

Rosalyn Carter Institute, Care Giving in the Community Expert Panel Member 2002

Board of Directors Project ReNeWal 1998-2002

Leadership Newton County: Class of 1994

Leadership Newton County Steering Committee: 1995; Chair 1996; Advisor 1996-02

Board of Directors Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce

Member of First Baptist Church of Covington

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