Office of the Chief

Michael Carswell
A Message from Chief Michael R. Carswell:

Let me begin by saying that I will never take the responsibility I carry as your Chief of Police lightly or with anything less than all of the respect, courage, and dedication that the badge and you, the citizens of Holly Springs, deserve. My decision to devote my career to law enforcement was not out of the desire for power, but out of the deep desire I have to serve those that I share a community with.

As your Chief of Police, know that I am committed to accountability, respect, and honest communication with the community I serve. The goal of everything I do, of everything this department does, is to enhance the quality of life in Holly Springs for residents and visitors alike. 

If you spend any time with me, you will probably catch me saying something like, “I will not just put a body behind a badge.” I am not just a body behind a badge. I am a real person who laughs, bleeds, and cries just like you. I consider it the highest honor and privilege to serve you, my fellow citizens and neighbors, and I am humbled by the trust that you have bestowed upon me.

I have worked diligently to staff our police department with men and women who feel the same way I do about serving and protecting our City. The men and women behind HSPD badges are among the very best in the nation. Guided by four key principals, Honesty, Service, Professionalism, and Dedication, the sworn officers of our department are constantly reaching new professional heights as individuals and as a collective department. I love to lead others, I love to teach others how to lead, and as long as I am in command, I pledge to make certain our officers have the tools they need to succeed professionally and the tools they need to keep you safe.

I encourage you to get to know the officers who serve you by participating TRACE meetings, Citizens Police Academy, and the Friends of Holly Springs Police Foundation. Also, if you see an HSPD officer out in the community, please don’t hesitate to stop and introduce yourself. If you have questions about our police department, or policing in general, feel free to stop by the Public Safety building and talk with one of our officers.

Warm Regards,
Chief Michael Carswell

About Chief Carswell 
Chief Carswell began his tenure with the City with 26 years of public service behind him. From day one, he had his eye on serving the residents of  Holly Springs as the Chief of Police. With an impressive education and years of job experience behind him, he was sworn in as the Chief of Police on December 5, 2016.

Carswell is a member of the 132nd Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course, an intense, 13-week, graduate-level program in Louisville, KY. He also is also a graduate of the Georgia Chiefs of Police Executive Training Class, Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, and also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University and a bachelor’s degree in management from Shorter University.

Carswell began his career in public safety in 1983. Twenty-five of those years have included supervisory, managerial, command staff, and executive responsibilities. He has worked with the cities of Smyrna and Marietta, where he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He worked for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office immediately before he joined the City of Holly Springs, where he has been promoted from officer, to sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. Carswell was sworn in as Deputy Chief in January of 2014.

During his years in public safety, Carswell has managed and supervised SWAT and Critical Response teams, the Marietta-Smyrna Narcotics/COBRA Unit, as well as field and training units.

He has earned a litany of Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) certifications, and has over 3,300 hours of additional P.O.S.T. training. He is also a graduate of the Public Safety Physical Fitness Specialist Course from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX.

Carswell has surrounded himself with other like-minded professionals in his field. He is an active member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Chiefs of Police, and Cherokee Triad-Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.).

In 2013, Carswell received the Bob Fuller Leadership Award, an honor awarded to him by his peers at the City of Holly Springs, to acknowledge his leadership skills and his ability to motivate others to excel in their duties.