Clayton State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Antonio Long as Chief of Police and director of Public Safety.
In his new role, Long will oversee efforts to maintain and enhance campus safety, implement new initiatives, improve security, and advance the University’s commitment to law enforcement and community policing.
As a part of the Business and Operations leadership team, Antonio will be a key driver of the University’s plans to enhance its public safety and law enforcement efforts, while maintaining a safe and secure learning and living environment.
Long replaces former Police Chief Bobby Hamil, who retired in May.
“My hopes and goals are to continue to make Clayton State a great place to be,” Long said. “We want people to feel comfortable coming here so that they’re not concerned about safety, but they come here to be empowered. We want to make sure that Clayton State is a model police department for the University System of Georgia and the state of Georgia when it comes to campus law enforcement.”
Long’s career in law enforcement spans 18 years. He most recently served as Chief of Police at Atlanta Metropolitan College, where he managed the daily operations of a 21-member department that served more than 3000 students and several hundred employees.
Prior to joining Atlanta Metropolitan in 2011, Antonio worked in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office as both the Director of Security and the Director of Crimes Against Women and Children. He was a Special Investigator at the Georgia Department of Corrections and Probation/Probation Fugitive Officer.
He has a strong record of community engagement and innovative policing through integrating technology into security and law enforcement operations.
Long holds a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, as well as a Master of Public Service Administration (MPSA) from Columbus State University. He is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He holds multiple certifications, including POST General Instructor, State Fire Arms Instructor, PBLE Police Certification, and Active Shooter Threat Instructor.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs, dean of students, led the search in which the campus community was included throughout the process to provide their feedback.