Lieutenant Colonel Chris C. Wright serves as the Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Prior to this appointment in 2011, he served as Commanding Officer of the Georgia State Patrol.  As Deputy Commissioner, he oversees the operations of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division, Human Resources, Recruiting, Off-Duty Employment, Public Information Office, Headquarters Adjutant, Regional K-9 Task Force, Governor’s Task Force, and the DPS Training Division.  He was appointed to this position on March 1, 2020.

Lieutenant Colonel Wright recently served as the South Adjutant of Georgia State Patrol Troops F, G, H, and I.  Prior to serving as South Adjutant, he served as the Troop I Commander from December 2015 to February 2019.  He also served as the Troop H Commander from December 2011 to December 2015. Prior to his appointment as Troop Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Wright moved up the ranks of the Georgia State Patrol in Reidsville, Valdosta, Jekyll Island, and Statesboro.

Lieutenant Colonel Wright began his career with the Georgia State Patrol as a Radio Operator in 1994 at Post 31, Valdosta.  He was selected to attend the 69th Georgia State Patrol Trooper School in 1994 and upon graduation in 1995 was assigned to Post 31, Valdosta.  He was also a member of the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.

He was selected by the Peace Officers Association of Georgia as the “Peace Officer of the Year in 1995.”  He was subsequently honored by the Safety Fire Commission, the Georgia House, and Senate with Resolutions for his selection.  He was selected by the Department to participate in the security detail for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay as it traveled across the country. 

Lieutenant Colonel Wright holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies from Georgia Southern University. As a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, he holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University.  In December 2012, he graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy, Session #251.

He is a native of Mitchell and attended Pelham High School. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree.  He currently resides in McIntosh County on the Georgia Coast.  He has one daughter, Lashley, who is a member of the U.S. Army.