Chief Deputy Solis

A native of Brownsville, Texas, Luis (Lou) M. Solis, Jr. enjoyed a remarkable career as the Assistant Police Chief of Braselton Police Department prior to joining the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, where he serves as Chief Deputy of Operations.

During his eleven years of service with the Braselton Police Department, Chief Solis provided management of daily operations of the department to include oversight of the budget, administration, personnel, media communications, criminal investigations, internal affairs, state certification, courtroom security, coordination of prisoner transport, training, community outreach, building maintenance, fleet maintenance and firing-range operations.

Chief Solis’ impressive service career includes twenty years of military service in the U.S. Army’s Special Operations, where he retired as a U.S. Army Ranger. He was elected president of his police academy class and was named Rookie of the Year when he served on the Marietta Police Department’s SWAT team and competed in the World SWAT Competition. He also served on the elite U.S. State Department’s personnel security detail in Basrah, Iraq and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Chief Solis attended the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland and is a former instructor for Brenau University Leisure Learning Institute.

He is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Officer Command College, as well as the prestigious FBI National Academy (Class #237). He is a member of many esteemed organizations, including the 22nd Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange and the Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board with the FBI’s Atlanta office. He is also a trained FBI hostage negotiator.

Chief Solis is proud of his rich Hispanic heritage and utilizes his fluency in Spanish as a bilingual hostage negotiator for the Georgia State Patrol. He is married to Dr. Kathy Ann Towers-Solis and is the father of three adult children and has four grandchildren.