Instructor Bios

Fall Conference, 2019

Instructor Bios

John B. Edwards CEO, Author and Trainer

John Edwards started his law enforcement career as a uniformed officer in 1977, he then spent 30 years in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation retiring as a Special Agent in Charge. Next, he served four years as a Chief Deputy Sheriff. Since 2014, John has served as Executive Director of the Peace Officer Association of Georgia and CEO of J.B. Edwards and Associates Consultants.

John’s experience ranges from working undercover in street, major drug operations, investigation of major homicide cases, high profile cases, politically sensitive cases, to special event security. His management background includes narcotics supervision, multi-jurisdictional task force supervision, general investigation supervision, and co-chair of crisis management for the 2004 G-8 summit. John has created and developed nationally recognized police operations programs and has over thirty years as a law enforcement trainer.

He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, former adjunct at the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College graduate school at Columbus State University, a Georgia P.O.S.T. certified instructor and has a National Instructor Certification from the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training in Meridian, Idaho. John serves on the Georgia Board of Juvenile Justice and the Advisory Board for the Georgia Public Training Center, Savannah Regional Police Academy. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Law Enforcement Education and Trainers Association and the Peace Officers Association of Georgia.

John is the author of two books, thirty-one different law enforcement training curriculums, and many national and international publications regarding police operations, leadership, and management. He has received national awards and recognition from IACP and the BJA for operations and innovative programs and in 2014 was selected for the State of Georgia’s Governor’s Award in Public Safety for Outstanding Contribution to Profession.

John currently travels throughout the United States lecturing for many federal, state and local agencies and law enforcement associations regarding police operations, leadership and management, and conducts three-day seminars based on his book, “The Burden of Command.”

R. Read Gignilliat, Attorney at Law

Read represents private and public sector employers in lawsuits, charges, arbitrations, claims, grievances, appeals, and other legal and administrative proceedings initiated by employees. He also counsels employers regarding various aspects of employment law (including non-competition and trade secret matters); assists employers in designing and implementing personnel policies and procedures, employee handbooks, employment agreements (including non-competition agreements), and employment dispute resolution programs; and provides day-to-day advice on a wide range of personnel-related matters. Read designs and conducts management and employee training programs in a variety of areas, including workplace harassment, conducting internal investigations, EEO/whistleblower protection and records retention. He co-chairs the firm’s Public Sector Group, which focuses on the representation of cities, counties, school districts, and other local governmental bodies. He is also a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation Group, focusing on professional liability, fraud, constitutional challenges, and other specialty lines insurance claims.

Tracy L. Glanton, Attorney at Law

Tracy has strong expertise in the public sector market working with local government agencies on a wide variety of employment and civil rights matters. Tracy regularly assists clients with daily personnel matters, employee investigations, discipline, terminations, and complaints of discrimination, harassment, or other unlawful treatment. Tracy also oversees the Firm’s Police Liability Practice and defends law enforcement agencies and officials in actions brought under both federal and state law, including claims brought under 42 U.S.C. 1983. As a former police officer and detective, Tracy understands the police culture and has developed the mutual trust and respect of top law enforcement officials, which has greatly assisted her with her investigations and defense strategies. In addition to her litigation practice, Tracy is a skilled interviewer and regularly assists both public and private employers with conducting workplace investigations. She also spends a significant amount of time training managers and human resources personnel, and her work has been published by a variety of organizations.

Wes Horne, Governor’s Office of Public Safety Support, Georgia Department of Public Safety

Wes began his law enforcement career in 1997 in Colquitt County, Georgia. He served in uniform patrol and the Criminal Investigative Division with the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office. In 2001, he began his career with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent. Upon completing Basic Special Agent School, he was assigned to the Thomasville Regional Field Office where he word general investigations and served as a Crime Scene Specialist. In 2015, Wes was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Sylvester Regional Dual-Purpose Office. In 2013, he became a member of the GBI’s Peer Support Team, serving as the team coordination from 2015-2019. In July of 2019, Wes was detached by the GBI to the Georgia Department of Public Safety to serve as the Assistant Director of the newly formed Goveror’s Office of Public Safety Support.

J. Douglas Parker, Owner- Parker Consulting & Investigations

After receiving his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University, Mr. Parker was employed by the Georgia Pacific Corporation in Atlanta and assisted in the creation of a security department. Policies and procedures were developed for emergency situations arising at the corporate office. He then worked with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation where he retired after 30 years of service in February of 2012. During his career he has investigated over 250 death investigations, numerous other violent felony cases and officer involved shootings on both the state and federal level. Several of those investigations involved workplace shootings/homicides.

In 1995, Parker was assigned to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia where he developed policies and procedures for the security of the Georgia World Congress Center which involved threat assessment of the facility. He then was responsible for the supervision of approximately 35 federal, state and local law enforcement officers in the security during the games. During the Paralympics, Parker was the Assistant Venue Commander for a 3 event venue and further developed policies and procedures for emergency situations.

He has been trained in numerous law enforcement topics and is a P.O.S.T certified instructor. Mr. Parker is a certified trainer of A.L.I.C.E which is an emergency response plan for businesses and school systems. Training has also included Active Shooter Response as a LE officer, FEMA Active Shooter and Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter.

Parker was the first state agent to be trained in the Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (D.A.R.E) curriculum and implemented the program state-wide. After teaching for 1 ½ years, he then became a certified trainer for the southeast region of the United States and worked with school systems in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana and California.

Other duties included assignment to dignitary protection of heads-of-states of foreign countries such as Raul Castro of Cuba and presidential assignments with Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. He was also assigned to the rotating protection of the speaker of the house, Newt Gingrich.

In February of 2012, Mr. Parker formed Parker Consulting & Investigations in Augusta, Georgia where he investigates criminal, civil, and domestic matters. he developed a certified police department for the McDuffie County Board of Education and Ware County Board of Education which includes newly created policies and procedures and threat assessment for all facilities. Other clients include threat assessment and security concerns for CEOs of large corporations and private individuals.

Patrick Cullinan, Southern States PBA and Richmond County SO (ret.)

Patrick Cullinan has spent the past 26 years as a law enforcement officer in Georgia. Patrick possesses a unique understanding of substance abuse and suicide among law enforcement officers, being a recovering alcoholic with 16 years of sobriety and having dealt with suicidal thoughts and attempts in his own life. He is an active member of the Georgia Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and is certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation(ICISF) for individual and group interventions. Patrick has provided training to a number of agencies and organizations throughout the country.

Andy Carrier, Georgia Department of Public Safety, OPSS.

Capt. Andy Carrier has been with the Georgia State Patrol for 30 years. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Sheriff in Richmond County for two years.  Capt. Carrier is the director of the GA DPS Office of Public Safety Support, which oversees peer support and mental health services as well as related training for all Public Safety in Georgia. He is licensed to practice mental health in Georgia, South Carolina and New York. Carrier has a Masters in Public Administration from Columbus State University and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Georgia.