Lawrenceville, GA – Chief Luis “Lou” Solis, a retired U.S. Army Ranger who has
dedicated his life to serving his community has officially qualified to run for
Gwinnett County Sheriff.
Following the announcement that Sheriff Conway would not seek re-election,
Conway said “Chief Deputy Solis has worked exhaustively over the past two
years to familiarize himself with our operations,” Conway said. “His work ethic is
unparalleled and his contributions to our office are great. He has demonstrated
outstanding leadership time and time again.”
Chief Solis has a proven track record in serving his community. Prior to joining
the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy of Operations, he enjoyed a
remarkable eleven-year career as the Assistant Police Chief of Braselton Police.
At 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, community outreach, building maintenance, fleet maintenance,
firing-range operations and more.
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. He
also served on the elite U.S. State Department’s personnel security detail.
Chief Solis was a member of the Georgia International Law Enforcement
Exchange Delegation, is a member of the Georgia Board of Corrections and
serves on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
At the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Solis has implemented “The
Barracks,” a nationally recognized program for incarcerated military veterans. As
he moves forward, he seeks to explore innovative rehabilitation programs to
address the opioid and mental health issues of incarcerated persons.
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.