GC alumna first-ever female police captain in Lilburn, Georgia

  • Christy Nebel Wentzell, ’01, was announced by Police Cheif Bruce Hedley as Lilburn, Georgia’s first-ever female captain on July 25.
  • Wentzell will manage the department’s Operations Division including: community outreach, fleet management and uniform patrol.
  • Prior to joining the force in Lilburn, the 14-year law enforcement veteran served the Henry County Police Department and the Montgomery-Robertson County Community Corrections in Montgomery County, Tennessee. She was just 21 when she began policing with the Henry County Police Department and would work there for 14 years.
  • Quote: “I am proud to have Captain Wentzell join my management team,” said Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and will certainly compliment my command staff. Captain Wentzell was chosen from scores of applicants who applied for this position from across Georgia. She rose to the top because of her can-do positive spirit, professional demeanor, education, experience and ability to think fast on her feet.”
  • Initially, Wentzell aspired to become a teacher. However, while waiting tables in college, a co-worker advised her to consider a career in law enforcement. She suggested for Wentzell to ride in a patrol car with her husband who was a Gwinnett County Police Officer.
  • Quote: “The very first time I was allowed to sit in the police car, I was hooked,” said Wentzell. “I started doing a few ride-a-longs every month and fell in love with everything that policing encompassed,” she said. “Much to my mother’s dismay, I switched my major to criminal justice and am thankful every day that I did.”

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