Chief of Police John W. Gaissert of Commerce, Ga., will speak at Head of Tennessee Baptist Church in Dillard during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 7. The service is planned to celebrate the spiritual and moral foundations of American independence, liberty and freedom, out of which emerged the principles of individual liberty and limited government which are expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.
A retired Naval Commander, an ordained minister and, as Chief of Police, trained in the highest levels of counter-terrorism, Chief Gaissert is uniquely qualified to bring the message during this special service.
During the service, veterans and active duty personnel of the U. S. military will be recognized and honored. Other public service personnel will also be recognized and honored, including local law enforcement, EMT, firefighter, and hospital emergency room personnel. Local elected public officials will also be included.
Vickie Holtsclaw, music ministry leader of Head of Tennessee, and the church choir will provide appropriate spiritual/ patriotic music for the congregation and choir. They are accompanied on the organ by Myrtis Dillard and on the piano by Dona Vinson.
Chief Gaissert has more than 35 years of military, law enforcement and corporate experience. During his career he has served with distinction in uniform patrol, special operations and criminal investigation units. During the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, he was Operations Officer for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and authored the operational plan supporting the events. He has supervised numerous police functions including Uniform Patrol Watches, Financial & White Collar Crime Unit and School Resource Officer programs. He has served on the board of directors for Rape Crisis, Inc., and Peace Place Shelter for Women. He currently serves on the Law Enforcement Advisory Board for Lanier Technical College.
Chief Gaissert is an ordained minister and volunteers as a Police Chaplain. He is a state certified police instructor teaching both in the Georgia Regional Police Academies and as requested by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. He also attained Level V Certification in Homeland Security from the American College of Forensic Examiners. He serves as the Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Officer for the Sheriff of Jackson County and chairs the County Threat Assessment Committee. He completed a law enforcement exchange program in counter-terrorism with the Israeli National Police and also trained at the University of Tel-Aviv. He studied under Dr. Boaz Ganor and was awarded executive certification in counter-terrorism from the Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Lauder School of Government, in Herzliya, Israel. He also has testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Intelligence regarding information and intelligence sharing between local, state, and federal agencies. He holds state executive police certification and currently serves as Chief of Police in Commerce, Georgia.
Chief Gaissert was recalled to active duty during the Persian Gulf War and retired as a Commander from the United States Navy. He co-hosts a weekly radio and internet talk show, "America in Crisis," on WJJC 1270 AM and WJJC.net, and is past president of the Athens Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He holds Bachelor's Degree in Business from the University of Georgia and a Master's Degree in Urban Administration from Georgia State University. He is married to the former Michele Wright of Lincolnton, Ga., and they have two sons.