The DeKalb County Marshal’s Office was established by an Act of the Georgia Legislature in 1951. Through this Act and subsequent amendments, the Office was given the authority to enforce all orders and directives of the State and Magistrate Courts of DeKalb County.
The State of Georgia fully recognized this Office as a Law Enforcement Agency, certified through the Georgia Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Council. The Office is empowered to protect life and property, arrest violators of the law, and enforce all laws and ordinances coming within the Office’s jurisdiction.
The DeKalb Marshal’s Office is made up of the Chief Marshal, 56 sworn deputies and 7 non-sworn employees.
The Marshal’s Office has been under the leadership of nine Marshals since its inception. They are:
- Kevin E. Richardson (2023 – Present)
- William J. Taylor (2021 – 2023)
- Richard I. Berkowitz (2017 – 2021)
- R. Steven Mann (2004 – 2017)
- R. Kenneth Cheek (Interim Marshal, 2004)
- Leonard E. Thrower (1992 – 2004)
- Judson S. Nelms (1990 – 1992)
- Willie L. Austin (1967 – 1990)
- Arthur Withers (1951 – 1966)
The Mission of the DeKalb County Marshal’s Office is to enforce all orders and directives of the DeKalb County State and Magistrate Courts and provide public safety services to the citizens of DeKalb County in a professional, diligent, and courteous manner.
To act expeditiously in a way that instills public trust and confidence that the State and Magistrate Courts operate fairly, efficiently, and effectively.
Moving our Office forward through Proactive Leadership and Technology.
Pride: We take great pride in our mission and duties.
Dignity: Our goal is to be respectful and compassionate.
Service: Public service and customer service is at the core of what we do.
Accuracy: We strive for 100% accuracy in carrying out our duties.