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John King was appointed the acting insurance and fire safety commissioner of Georgia on June 12, 2019.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:05 pm

Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Doraville police Chief John King, a brigadier general in the U.S. Army National Guard, as the acting insurance and safety fire commissioner of Georgia.

King fills the role vacated when Jim Beck asked to be suspended when he was indicted on federal charges of fraud and money laundering.

“John King is a decorated soldier, passionate community advocate and devoted law enforcement leader with decades of experience,” Kemp said. “As Georgia’s next insurance commissioner and safety fire official, John will put hardworking Georgians first by shaking up the status quo.

“He will restore faith in the Department of Insurance and will always do the right thing — even when no one is looking. Chief King has once again answered the call for public service. I know he will continue to be a bold leader and champion for the people.”

King started his law enforcement career in the Atlanta Police Department in 1985, then joined the Doraville police as a detective in 1993.

As a native of Mexico, he makes history as the first Hispanic insurance commissioner and statewide constitutional officer.

“I am grateful for Gov. Brian Kemp and the opportunity he has given me to continue my service to the people of Georgia,” King said. “My decades of experience in law enforcement have prepared me for this important job in state government.

“I look forward to restoring trust in the Department of Insurance and providing leadership that protects consumers, promotes public safety and provides a bright and promising future for all Georgians.”

King serves as the director for the Joint Staff for the Georgia Department of Defense and is the former commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He has earned a Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantry Badge, meritorious service medals and a NATO award for his service in both Bosnia and Afghanistan. He also received the El Salvador gold medal for achievement in 2006.

King has a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and public administration from Brenau University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

He was a graduate in Class 229 of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and graduated from the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program to Israel.

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