CCSD School Police Department Leadership
Chief Buster Cushing
Chief Buster Cushing joined CCSD in 2019 after retiring as commander of field operations for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. His past roles with the Sheriff’s Office over the last 22 years also have included commander of criminal investigations, lieutenant of internal affairs, narcotics agent supervisor, SWAT Team leader, crime suppression team leader and uniform patrol shift commander, after beginning his career as a deputy for one year in Early County. During his tenure with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, he earned three Commendation Awards.
He’s a graduate of CCSD’s VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy) parent academy and has won the Guardian of Ethics Award from the Rotary Club of Canton, for which he serves as sergeant-at-arms, and the Cristal Stancil Leadership Award from the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.
Chief Cushing earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Georgia, and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State College, and graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy for law enforcement leaders.
He and his wife, Christy, have a daughter, Preslie, and son, Sadler, who both are students at Creekview High School.
Captain Ken Locke
Kenneth Locke has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement. He came to the CCSD Police Department from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, where he worked since 1989 and most recently served as Captain. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a graduate of Chief Executive Training, and has been awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Medal of Bravery and four life-saving awards. Lt. Locke holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Safety from Reinhardt University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is a Georgia POST Senior Instructor.
Danielle Ross, Emergency Operations Facilitator
Danielle Ross joined the Office of Safety & Security in March 2017. Prior to joining CCSD, Ms. Ross worked in emergency management for 11 years as both Hazard Mitigation Planner and School Safety Coordinator with Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Homeland Security (GEMA). She also has a background in Social Services. A Certified Emergency Manager through GEMA, Ms. Ross has a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Valdosta State University. Ms. Ross is a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Instructor and a Certified Unmanned Aircraft System (Drone) Pilot.
Bob Williams, Emergency Communication Facilitator
Robert “Bob” Williams has over 38 years’ experience in the public safety communications profession working in administrative, technical and operational positions during his career. Prior to joining the CCSD Office of Safety & Security in October 2018, he was employed by Kennesaw State University and served as Assistant Director of Emergency Communications responsible for managing KSU’s Public Safety Communications Center. Prior to joining KSU, he was employed by the City of Marietta serving in multiple capacities including but not limited to E-911 Communications Director and Radio Systems Analyst responsible for managing all VHF, UHF and 800 MHz two-way radio communications equipment/systems utilized by the Departments of Public Safety, Public Utilities and Public Works. He has served as the Communications Unit Leader (COML) for Fire & EMS Mutual Aid Operations during the G-8 Summit in 2004 overseeing a communications team. Bob is certified as an All Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader (COML) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is recognized by Georgia P.O.S.T. as a Communications Officer.
Lieutenant Richie Rich
Sgt. Richie Rich has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience. He started his career in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer in 1989, and served four years on Active Duty and four years with the Georgia National Guard. After serving in the military, Sgt. Rich served with the Woodstock Police Department for 15 years as a Patrol Officer, Community Oriented Policing Services Officer, D.A.R.E. Officer, and as Instructor Coordinator assigned to the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy. Sgt. Richie Rich has been with the CCSD School Police Department since 2008 and currently is assigned as the South Zone Supervisor.
Sgt. Richie Rich has a Master of Business Administration from Reinhardt University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership – Public Safety from Reinhardt University. Sgt. Richie Rich is a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Senior Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and has his Supervisory Level Certification.