Meet the Marshal

William J. Taylor was sworn in as the 8th Chief Marshal of DeKalb County State Court and Chief Constable of DeKalb County Magistrate Court on February 1, 2021. Taylor joined the Marshal’s Office in 2014 as the Major commanding the Field Division and in 2017, he was promoted to Deputy Chief Marshal overseeing the day to day operations of the department.

As Marshal, Taylor leads a staff of 27 sworn deputies and 5 civilian employees. The Marshal’s Office is the law enforcement arm of State and Magistrate Courts. One of the major roles of the Marshal’s Office is executing all writs in dispossessory cases out of Magistrate Court and civil service out of State and Magistrate Courts. In addition, the office also handles warrants for the State Court Traffic Division.

Taylor retired from the U.S. Air Force after 24 years of service. His first 9 years were spent as a law enforcement specialist and the last 15 years were spent as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He participated in several deployments in support of wartime operations in the middle east.

Taylor earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force, a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and a master’s degree in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University through the Georgia Command College. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Public Administration and Policy at Old Dominion University. In addition, he is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS), the Georgia Chiefs of Police Executive Training Program, the Senior Management Institute of Policing (SMIP), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). He is currently attending Leadership DeKalb class of 2022.