Chief Joseph M. Woodall began his career in law enforcement in 1984 when he joined the United States Marine Corps and was schooled at the U.S.A.F. Military Police Academy in Texas. Upon completion of his military police training he served at several different duty stations on both the east and west coasts of the United States prior to a one-year deployment overseas which took him to Japan and Korea.
After completing his tour of duty in the Marine Corps, Chief Woodall returned home to Atlanta’s south side and subsequently sought to continue his law enforcement career in Clayton County. He was hired as rookie officer in May of 1988 and underwent training at the Clayton County Police Academy. Upon completion of his field training he was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division.
Over the following years Chief Woodall was promoted through the ranks and worked in a multitude of different divisions within the police department. He served as a patrol supervisor, a Precinct Commander and a Division Commander both within field operations and support services. Chief Woodall then began serving as the Interim Chief of Police on June 1, 2017.
During his career, Chief Woodall has amassed in excess of two thousand hours of training. He is a graduate of the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy, Class # 232, a graduate of the Georgia Chief Executive School, Class #12-43. He has also completed all six courses which make up the Georgia P.O.S.T. Supervision and Management certifications as well as being a graduate of the Clayton County Professional / Management Development School. Additionally, Chief Woodall is a member of the Georgia Chief’s Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Woodall is married to his wife of thirty-two years and has three sons, one daughter and one grandson.