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Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Chris Hosey was appointed by Governor Kemp to serve as Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation effective August 1, 2023. During his 35 years with the Bureau, Hosey was promoted to every sworn supervisor rank in the Investigative Division. Director Hosey began his career with the GBI in 1987 as a Narcotics Agent with the Local Violators Squad. In 2001, Hosey was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of a multi-jurisdictional drug task force. He also helped to create the GBI’s first state/local regional drug enforcement office (RDEO). From 2008-2012, Hosey served as Special Agent in Charge at Region 5 Statesboro Office and at Savannah RDEO. In 2012, he was promoted to Inspector, overseeing drug operations, various general investigative offices, and the GBI Training Unit. In October 2020, former GBI Director Vic Reynolds appointed Hosey as Division Director for the Investigative Division. In November 2022, former GBI Director Michael Register appointed him to Assistant Director. Hosey has served as a GBI Warrant Service Instructor, GBI Firearms Instructor, and Use of Force Instructor. He helped create and is a member of the GBI’s Special Enforcement Team. He also serves as a Board Member for the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies (NASDEA), a Use of Force Committee Member of the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA), and a certified Advanced Emergency Medical Technician.
Director Hosey received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Georgia Southwestern State University and his master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class 247. He and his wife, Powell, are members of the First Baptist Church of Thomaston. They have been married 34 years and have two daughters, Mary Beth, and Julianne.