The Office of Sheriff

The Georgia Constitution mandates that each county has a Sheriff, and legislation designates the Sheriff as the chief law enforcement officer in the county.

The Sheriff's Office is staffed with a diversified workforce of sworn and civilian personnel who are well prepared to protect and serve the needs of our county. The men and women of the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office are professional law enforcement deputies who strive to perform their job in a fair, equitable, and just manner.

Only through a partnership with the residents of Habersham County can these men and women best serve the needs of the community. By working together we ensure Habersham County to be a desirable place to visit, work and live.

The Sheriff has the responsibility of protecting life and property and for preservation of the public peace. This includes all law enforcement functions associated with those endeavors.

In addition to providing physical security in the courtrooms and courthouse, the Sheriff must serve as Bailiff to the Superior Court, or designate deputies to serve in that capacity.  The Sheriff is charged with serving all court summons and executing all court-ordered levies on property to satisfy judgments in court actions. The Sheriff is also responsible for the transportation of mentally ill residents of the county to mental health emergency receiving facilities.

The Sheriff is the official jailer of the county and is responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of all inmates. The courts have established strict guidelines that the Sheriff must follow in providing these things to inmates.

The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office will work diligently in fulfilling your request for documents in accordance with the Open Records Act. As authorized by O.C.G.A. Section 50-18-71(b)(2), the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office has designated an Open Records Officer. Official requests for records under the Open Records Act must be made directly to the Open Records Officer, Kelly Duncan. Official Open Record requests for records from the Sheriff's Department, including arrest reports, incident or accident reports, etc. may be emailed to the Open Records Officer at  Mrs. Duncan can also be reached by phone at 706-839-0519.

Click on the Sheriff's Department website link to the right for more information.