Chief Deputy
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office

Melody M. Maddox is Chief Deputy of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. She is responsible for management of all law enforcement operations of the agency, which includes the DeKalb County Jail Division, Field Division, Court Division, and Reserves Division.

Chief Deputy Maddox joined the sheriff’s office in June, 2019 after having served as Chief of Police for Georgia Piedmont Technical College in DeKalb County since 2016. She managed a team of sworn officers and civilian personnel responsible for public safety and security for students, faculty, visitors and facilities on the college’s six campuses.

A Georgia P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement officer, Chief Maddox began her law enforcement career with the sheriff’s office in 1996 as a Detention Technician in the Jail Division. In 1997, she joined the DeKalb County Police Department where she held positions of increasing responsibility for ten years as Master Police Officer, Chief Aide & Crimes Analysis Officer, and Field Training Officer. She completed training programs in Emergency Management and Information Command Systems Training and she is a P.O.S.T. Certified General Instructor in ethics, integrity and professionalism as well as Defensive Tactics.

Her professional affiliations include the Georgia Association of Women in Public Safety, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriffs’ Association, the DeKalb Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

She received her bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College and her master’s degree from Central Michigan University. A graduate of Newburgh Theological Seminary and Bible College, she is a Decatur, Georgia resident and a member of the Leadership DeKalb Class of 2017.  A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Maddox serves with Women to Women Personal Awareness and Safety Training, and she has been honored for her career achievements and community volunteerism by numerous civic and business organizations. 


Major L. Akies, Chief Jail Services Division Commander

Captain P. Long

Captain S. Clark

Captain D. Davis

Captain G. Bell


Major P. Miller, Court Services Division Commander

Captain J. Emerson


Major J. Leslie, Field Services Division Commander

Captain A. Evans

Captain T. Calhoun


Major K. Crosby, Division Commander, Background, Recruitment & Retention


Captain D. Brown


Major T. Olaoluwa