David E. Wardell, CPP Vice President, Operations and Public Safety Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District
David has over 38 years of law enforcement, security management, planning and operations experience. He spent twenty years as an Army Officer in the Military Police Corps, serving in various capacities in units in the United States, Panama, and Europe. After the military, David joined the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) as a Venue Security Manager of the largest multiple event venue for the Centennial Olympic Games
In his current position (11 years), among a varied description of responsibilities, David is responsible for the public safety, cleanliness and quality of life concerns of the Downtown Improvement District’s daily 200,000-population constituency. He coordinates and conducts liaison between the 11 jurisdictional law enforcement agencies and emergency services organizations contained within the Downtown Improvement District, as well as the major government entities.
David has a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University, a Master of Administration of Justice from Wichita State University, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and A. S. in Law Enforcement from East Tennessee State University.