Stoney Mathis
Chief of Police

Chief of Police Stoney Mathis

Chief Stoney Mathis is an inspirational and transformational leader with 30 years in law enforcement and over 20 years with command-level experience.  He is a devout champion of community policing and believes in building relationships and promoting public safety through establishing trust and transparency with the community.

Chief Mathis began his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Monroe Police Department in Monroe, Georgia. In 1995, he moved to the Henry County Police Department, where he started as a patrol officer and worked his way 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 Chief Mathis was appointed to the Deputy Chief of Police. In 2016 Chief Mathis was hired by the City of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia and appointed Chief of Police, where he implemented several community policing initiatives. In 2018 Chief Mathis was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Fairburn, Georgia. During his tenure at the Fairburn Police Department from 2018 to 2022, Chief Mathis and his team reduced the crime rate by 52% even as the city saw steady growth.

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 the Drug Enforcement Administration (Drug Unit Commander Academy) in Quantico, Virginia; a 2007 graduate of the University of Louisville's Southern Police Institute class #118; and a 2009 graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).  In 2011, Chief Mathis received a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University when he completed a two-year command college program. Most recently, Chief Mathis is a 2017 graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Program and in 2020 he was elected by his peers as the 4th Vice President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

Alan Malone
Lieutenant/Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police

Command Sergeant Malone

After serving as a Juvenile Correctional Officer/Sergeant with the Department of Juvenile Justice, Lt. Alan Malone began his career with the Columbus Police Department on May 27, 2006. During his career, Malone served as a Field Training Officer in the Patrol Division, and he was appointed to the rank of Corporal in August of 2010. Malone also served in the Bureau of Investigative Services as a Crime Scene Technician in the Crime Scene Investigation Unit. Malone has also served as an undercover Vice/Narcotics Special Agent in the Special Operations Unit, and as a Detective in the Robbery Assault Unit, and the Homicide Unit.

Lt. Malone was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June of 2017, and served as a Patrol Sergeant out of the South Precinct. Malone also served as the Admin. Sergeant for the Bureau of Patrol Services. Malone was appointed to the rank of Command Sergeant in July of 2019, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Columbus Police Department North Precinct. In July 2023, Malone was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

In August of 2022, Malone was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police, where he currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police, and Assistant Public Information Officer. Malone served as the Coordinator for the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy (C.L.E.A.) and Liaison for the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy Alumni Association (C.L.E.A.A.A.).

Lt. Malone has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College (Norcross Georgia). Malone has served on the Awards Selection Committee for the Columbus Police Department, and the Child Fatality Review Board.

Malone has received the Columbus Police Department Officer of the Month Award in January of 2010, and in April of 2012. Malone has previously obtained certifications as a Field Training Officer, Georgia Crisis Intervention Team Officer, and Basic Clandestine Laboratory Investigator. Malone has received Supervision Levels 1, 2, and 3 training, and Management Level 1, 2, and 3 training.

Lt. Malone has also previously served in the United States military.

Budget Office

The Budget Office is responsible for the planning, preparation and administration of the Department's annual budget. Their other responsibilities include federal grant management, invoice administration, reimbursement claims, procurement of office supplies, and conducting internal audits. The Budget Officer and a Fiscal Technician provide these services.

Crime Analysis Unit

The Crime Analysis Unit collects and analyzes crime data to detect trends and areas of concern that may need to be targeted by patrol officers or investigators. Administrators also use the information as a management tool to assist them in manpower allocation. This Unit also monitors the latest Appeals Court decisions in important criminal cases to insure that our personnel have the latest information on current legal doctrine.

The Chief's Office also administrates the activities of other specialized units that are staffed on an as-needed basis (officers who have other primary assignments within the Department). These include the SWAT Team, Columbus Metro Narcotics Unit, Honor Guard, Police Chaplain and the Columbus-Metro Emergency Response Team (CMERT), which is a part of the Columbus Department of Homeland Security.