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Elected to office in 2016, Sheriff Freeman has been in Law Enforcement for over 32 years and began his career right here at the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office in 1987. Sheriff Freeman is well versed in all operations of the agency and has served in nearly every command. He will be entering his second term as Sheriff in 2021. Sheriff Freeman's family has a long history in Georgia law enforcement. His father, a former police officer in Savannah and a Deputy in Screven County, and two uncles, one who served as Chief of the Chatham County Police and later Chatham County Sheriff's Office and the other as Chief Deputy of the Screven County Sheriff's Office. Together they have more than 130 years of service to the citizens of Georgia.  

Sheriff Freeman, as all Georgia Sheriffs, is a constitutional officer and works directly for the residents of Forsyth County and not for any other Government entity. He answers directly to the citizens of Forsyth County. The Georgia Constitution mandates that Sheriffs oversee the jail, keep the security of the courts and serve the court's papers, and is to provide general law enforcement for the County. 

Sheriff Freeman has been a resident of Forsyth County for more than forty years. He graduated from Forsyth County High School in 1987. He married his high school sweetheart, Dana, and they have two adult children whom both graduated from North Forsyth High School.

Personal History

  • 51 years of age

  • Married to Dana Freeman

  • 2 adult children

  • Forsyth County resident since 1981



  • Sheriff of Forsyth County, 2017 – Present

  • Vice-Chair, Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council 2018-Present

  • Deputy Chief, Brookhaven Police 2013-2015

  • Past President, Georgia FBI National Academy Associates

  • South Precinct Commander Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office 2006-2013

  • Chief of Detectives, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office 2001-2006

  • Director of Training and Professional Standards 

  • Lieutenant, Watch Commander

  • Detective Corporal

  • Deputy Sheriff 



  • Master of Public Administration, University of Phoenix

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Organizational Leadership, Reinhardt University

  • Associate’s Degree, Criminal Justice, Gainesville College

  • Forsyth County High School, 1987 Graduate


Management Training

  • FBI National Academy, Class 197

  • FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership

  • National Sheriff’s Institute 116th Session

  • Georgia Sheriff’s Association, Sheriff’s Elect Academy

  • Command College Class 18, Columbus State University

  • Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Course

  • UGA Carl Vinson Institute Management for Local Government 


Professional Development Certifications

  • Sheriff Executive, P.O.S.T.

  • Executive Certification, P.O.S.T.

  • Management Certification, P.O.S.T.

Advanced Training Certifications

  • Management Level 1-3

  • SWAT 

  • Marksman/Observer, GPSTC

  • Officer Survival Instructor, Metro Dade, Florida

  • Criminal Investigations Management


Instructor Certifications

  • Firearms Instructor

  • Senior POST Instructor

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor

  • Officer Survival Instructor

  • Multi-Weapons Firearms Instructor


Community Involvement

  • Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce 

  • Rotary Club of South Forsyth 

  • CASA of Forsyth Board of Directors

  • LEADER of Forsyth Board of Directors

  • Past Board Member, Family Haven & Bald Ridge Boys Lodge

  • Past Deacon and member of First Baptist Church Cumming

  • Youth Football Coach



  • Medal of Valor

  • Medal of Merit

  • Sheriff’s Commendation Award

  • Officer of the Year

  • Honor Graduate Session 84th session, NE Ga Police Academy

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