Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Col. Wayne Mock, vigilant Sheriff o' Midtown, retires

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Col. John Wayne Mock rides off into the sunset
It's a sad, sad day for Midtown as one of its most enduring security officials has announced his retirement.

Col. Wayne Mock, Midtown Blue's fearless leader, has called it quits after keeping Atlanta's streets safe for nearly five decades as a law enforcement official. Mock had overseen the Midtown Alliance's private security force since joining the civic organization in 2005. He had worked for the Atlanta Police Department for nearly 30 years, which included his 10th Street narcotics beat.

After retiring from the APD in 1996, he went on to serve stints with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Central Atlanta Progress, and Hall County Sheriff's Office. The public safety zealot quickly garnered a reputation for his serious demeanor towards everything from traffic flow to terrorist threats. Along the way, his widspread vigilance earned him nicknames such as "Roadblock Mock," "John Wayne" Mock, and "The Duke."

Last December, Mock gave CL an inside look at how Midtown's security cameras linked to the city's larger surveillance network. He also recently shed some light about the mysterious man who walks around Midtown with a suitcase on his head.

"Wayne's contributions to public safety for Midtown and our City have been exceptional and far-reaching," Midtown Alliance said in a Facebook post. "The Midtown Improvement District remains committed to public safety as a key component to the continued vibrancy and livability of Midtown."

Mock tells CL he'll be with Midtown Blue until the end of June, after which he'll be "working consulting on public safety issue and special event/traffic plans."

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