Staff Directory

Colonel Mark W. McDonough

Colonel Mark W. McDonough


After graduation as the Valedictorian of his high school class at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Mark McDonough received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and was...

Lt. Colonel Russell Powell

Lt. Colonel Russell Powell

Deputy Commissioner

Lt. Colonel Powell serves as the Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Prior to this appointment he served as Commanding Officer of the Georgia State Patrol.  As Deputy Commissioner, he oversees the operations of the...

Major Henry W. "Hank" Fielding

Headquarters Adjutant

Major Henry W. “Hank” Fielding, Jr., is the Headquarters Adjutant.  In this capacity, he supervises support operations related to communications, computer services, property management, facilities and construction, supply, and vehicle services....

Major Tommy Waldrop

GSP Commanding Officer

Major Tommy Waldrop is the Commanding Officer of the Georgia State Patrol.  His promotion was effective August 1, 2014. As Commanding Officer, Major Waldrop is responsible for the field operations of the Georgia State Patrol, including the 52 GSP...

Major Johnny Jones

MCCD Commanding Officer

Major Johnny Jones is the commanding officer of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD). As Commanding Officer, he oversees commercial vehicle safety and size and weight law enforcement operations statewide, which includes overseeing 10 MCCD...

Capt. Lewis Young


Captain Lewis Young is the Director of the Capitol Police Division of the Department of Public Safety in Atlanta.  As Director of the Capitol Police Division, Captain Young is responsible for the Capitol Police Services Unit, the Capitol Square...