Brookhaven Police Department – Command Staff
Chief of Police Gary Yandura
Yandura launched the department, which began providing police services to the City of Brookhaven on July 31, 2013.
Yandura previously served as chief of police in Hiram and College Park. During his tenure in College Park, he managed 160 officers and a $12 million annual budget. He is credited with reducing crime by 30 percent during his first four years as College Park’s chief.
Yandura started his law enforcement career in Lake Forest, Ill., where he spent 24 years. He retired from Lake Forest as deputy chief.
During his law enforcement tenure, Yandura has promoted open interaction and worked with numerous community groups, including Citizens’ Police Academies, Volunteers in Policing, National Night Out, Shop with a Cop and Neighborhood Watch.
Yandura is a graduate of the FBI Academy and certified by the Georgia Police Officers Standards and Training Council. He has a master’s in public administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Illinois.
He also has served on a number of boards with the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and International Chiefs of Police Association, as well as the Georgia State Senate Subcommittee regarding Child Exploitation.
Yandura and his wife, Lynne, live in Brookhaven. Yandura has two grown children.
Deputy Chief Juan Grullon commands the Uniform Patrol Division, which is responsible for community policing initiatives and responding to all calls for service. Grullon also oversees the department’s Hispanic community outreach programs.
He has more than 17 years of law enforcement experience.
Prior to joining Brookhaven, Grullon worked for the East Point and Dunwoody Police Departments, where he served as a firearms, K-9 and training instructor. He also worked as special agent for Amtrak and the National Passengers’ Railroad Association, where he responded to all terrorism matters and oversaw intelligence gathering and surveillance activities.
He also worked in special operations, narcotics, criminal investigations, K-9, training with East
Point Police. In addition, he served as assistant commander of the SWAT Team.
Grullon has an associate’s degree in criminal justice and is currently completing his bachelor’s degree. He also graduated from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Leadership Commandeer Academy and attended numerous federal and state training courses. He is a certified instructor with the Georgia Peace Officers and Standards Training Council in general instruction, firearms, K-9, SWAT and other tactics.
Grullon and his wife have two children, a cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy and a high school sophomore.
Uniform Patrol Division Commander
Major Brandon Gurley joined the Brookhaven Police Department in April 2013 just 10 days after the hiring of the city’s first Police Chief. He was afforded the opportunity to be the city’s first hire after the Chief and Deputy Chief to be a part of the startup and development of the city’s first police department. Once the department took over police services from DeKalb, Gurley commanded the day shift patrol shifts before taking over the Support Services Division. In January 2016, he took over command of the Patrol Division and its 44 members to include four lieutenants, four sergeants, and four corporals. He also manages the department’s public information office.
Gurley began his law enforcement career in 1999 with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. He most recently worked with the Sandy Springs Police Department. During his law enforcement career, Gurley has worked in the 911 center, detention center, patrol, criminal investigations, community policing and media relations.
He also served as team leader for the Paulding County SWAT team and the Crisis Negotiations Team for both Paulding and Sandy Springs. Gurley has received numerous commendations and awards including a medal of valor, a medal of merit, deputy of the year and the chief’s coin of excellence.
Gurley has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and associates degree in liberal studies from Thomas University. He and his wife have two young children.
Criminal Investigation Division Commander
Major Linda Burke currently is commander of Support Services, Professional Standards and Internal Affairs.
Major Burke joined the Brookhaven Police Department in June of 2013 and served as the commander of investigations, professional standards and internal affairs until January 2016.
Prior to joining Brookhaven, Burke worked for the College Park Police Department for 21 years, including positions in patrol, criminal investigations, records, professional standards and support services. She worked her way up from officer to major, where she oversaw the criminal investigations, professional standards and support services including records, property, jail operations and 911 center. She also served as a field training officer to mentor rookie officers. Burke also worked for the Fulton County Police Department as a crime scene technician.
Burke obtained her master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University through the Command College program and has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mercer University.
Burke has two children, a senior at the University of Georgia and a sophomore at Kennesaw State.
Major Donald Chase commands the department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
He began his Law Enforcement career in Georgia after his discharge from the US Army Military Police Corp when he joined the East Point Police Department in 1987. Over the next 26 years he served in several positions, uniform patrol, criminal investigations, training coordinator, SWAT team, backgrounds & hiring, internal affairs, budget and administrative services.
He is committed to the citizens within the community insuring that officers maintain the highest values of honesty and integrity while providing quality service. Believing that the community must have faith in their police department to do what is right all the time.
Major Chase was the Major over the Field Operations Division until his appointed as the department’s Deputy Chief in 2010.
Major Chase retired from the East Point Police Department in 2013, accepting a position with the Brookhaven Police Department.
Major Chase has served as a departmental training officer and is a Senior Training Instructor. He also is a certified Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor and a NRA Patrol Rifle and Tactical Shooting Instructor.
He attended Columbus State University graduating from the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College program.
He and his wife have two grown children.