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Police Chief Gary GacekChief gary j. gacek

Chief Gary Gacek has served as Concord's Chief of Police since July 2015. Chief Gacek came to Concord from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he served in the Milwaukee Police Department for 25 years.

Chief Gacek began his career in 1990, holding the ranks of Police Aide, Police Officer, Police Sergeant, Lieutenant of Police and Captain of Police – the rank at which he retired. Chief Gacek worked in a variety of operational, administrative, and special assignments.   

Chief Gacek has lead a continual reduction in Part 1 crime and lowered Concord’s crime rate to a level not seen in over twenty years. Chief Gacek has implemented an evidence-based community policing strategy, updated the department’s technology and information systems, expanded the department’s analytical and intelligence capabilities, invested in best practice training for line staff and management, and developed several community engagement and social media initiatives.       

Chief Gacek holds an associate’s degree in Police Science from the Milwaukee Area Technical College; a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University; a master’s degree in Public Administration from Marquette University; a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia; and a graduate certificate in Law Enforcement Leadership and Management from Marquette University. Chief Gacek is a graduate of the 231st Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia; and, a 2020 graduate of the University of North Carolina’s School of Government Municipal Administration Program.

Chief Gacek is married and has two adult sons. When not working, Chief Gacek enjoys long distance road cycling, mountain biking, and golf.  

Deputy Chief Jimmy Hughes

Deputy Chief Jimmy Hughes joined the Concord Police Department in 1998 and served as a patrol officer until he was promoted to sergeant in 2004.  As a sergeant, Hughes served in the Patrol Bureau, Special Investigations Division, and Criminal Investigations Division.  In 2013, Hughes was promoted to captain and served as the Charlie District Commander and in the Office of Management & Planning.  In 2017, Hughes was promoted to Major and served as the Patrol Bureau Commander until he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in 2019.

Deputy Chief Hughes is an original member of the SWAT team and has served in various positions, including SWAT Commander.  Hughes is a recipient of the Concord Police Department’s Meritorious Conduct Award, 2008 Officer of the Year, and the 2020 Robert J. Eury award - Cabarrus County’s highest award for law enforcement. 

Deputy Chief Hughes graduated from Pfeiffer University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Finance and is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum - Senior Management Institute for Police - Session 67.

If you are interested in a career with our department, please contact Sergeant Steven Zollars at 704-920-5006 or by e-mail at You may also access the required City of Concord Employment Application and F-3 form at

You may contact any coworker by calling the departments main line 704-920-5000.

I also encourage you to contact a member of the Executive Staff if you have a problem with one of our coworkers or have a question. Deputy Chief Jimmy Hughes, may be contacted at 704-920-5060 or by email at or Major Robert Ledwell, Patrol Bureau Commander, may be contacted at 704-920-5025 or by email at  Major Todd McGhee, Operations Bureau Commander, may be contacted at 704-920-5012 or by email at or Major Keith Eury, Administration Bureau, may be contacted at 704-920-5015 or by email at

My Executive Assistant is Crystal Green and may be contacted at 704-920-5007 or

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P.O. Box 308
41 Cabarrus Ave W 
Concord, NC 28026

Gary Gacek
Chief of Police
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