Chief of Police
On March 14, 2016 Denise Downer-McKinney was sworn in as the Chief of Police for the Rome Police Department.
Chief Downer-McKinney started her career with the Rome Police Department in February 1985. She received her Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and her Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Georgia Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program (GILEE), and Leadership Rome. Chief Downer-McKinney previously served as the Bureau Major of Support Services which includes the Training Division and the Criminal Investigation Division (CID).