Herbert Turner Jenkins

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This article is about the police chief. For the writer and publisher, see Herbert George Jenkins.

Herbert Turner Jenkins (June 7, 1907 – July 20, 1990) was the longest serving police chief of Atlanta.

Early life[edit]

He was an automotive pioneer in Atlanta, working at its earliest car dealership. That experience led to his last book.


He joined the force in 1932 and was made chief in 1947. He served as chief for 25 years until retiring in 1972 shepherding the city through racial strife during the desegregation of public transportation, public schools and parks. Fully backed by Mayor William Hartsfield, he was able to bring all parties to the table helping Atlanta progress mostly peacefully through straits that crippled other Southern cities.


After retiring he became a researcher at Emory University which he was able to parlay into books about Atlanta history. He took his life three years after the death of wife of nearly 60 years.

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