Chief Todd Gann became chief of the Lookout Mountain, Ga., police force eight years ago when Chief Wallace Taylor retired. He began his police work in 1997 for the town of Trenton, Ga., taking a position on Lookout 10 years ago. Serving the community is important in his family, ashis mother was the first female deputy in Dade County, as well as Trenton’s police commissioner for 25 years. Chief Gann said that he loves his job on our mountain and appreciates how con- nected the police force is to the community. In such a tight-knit community, he feels he gets to know the residents, and when there is a call for assistance, he often knows the person calling.
There are seven police officers in the Lookout Mountain, Ga., department, and all are cross-trained as firemen and policemen. They all are also first responders and have taken the EMR (emergency medical responders) course, which teaches basic first aid and advanced CPR. There is also a volunteer fire department that helps with manpower, if needed, for both sides of the mountain. Todd has a great working relationship with Chief Chuck Wells, the police chief in Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Chief Gann said that the fire and police departments on the Tennessee and Georgia sides of the mountain have a mutual agreement to jointly help each other in emergency situations.
Todd and his wife, Melissa, have one son, Mason, 12, and live on a small farm on Sand Mountain. He has an interesting hobby: he is very involved with mixed martial arts, which is a full contact combat sport that allows striking and grappling, both from standing and from the ground. In fact, Chief Gann will participate in the 10th Annual Guns and Hoses Battle of the Badges on Friday, December 7, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. All proceeds benefit both the Forgotten Child Fund and the YCAP youth boxing program that is sponsored by the YMCA.
Chief Todd Gann has a wicked sense of humor and a permanent smile on his face and considers it a privilege to serve this community. Actually, Chief, the privilege is ours!