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Sheriff Brown is the 48th sheriff of DeKalb County. He has served in this position since 2001. His public service career began in 1972 as an Atlanta firefighter. Brown served in various leadership positions and advanced to Deputy Fire Chief of Operations at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
In 1985 at age 35, Brown became DeKalb's youngest Fire Chief and the youngest chief of any major city or county in the nation. In 1990, DeKalb's CEO Manuel Maloof appointed him as the county's public safety director. Brown was tasked with supervising the 911 Communications Center, Emergency Management Office and the county's Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Animal Control bureaus. He pioneered the concept of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in 1992, achieved the police department's national accreditation with the Commission of Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies and established fire safety programs taught in the school system through the Public Safety Community Relations Unit. Brown also spearheaded many capital improvements such as the renovation of the Public Safety Building at no expense to the taxpayer.
In his current position, Sheriff Brown is responsible for the operation of the jail, security of the county's courts and the serving of all criminal and civil warrants. The Sheriff's Office also operates DeKalb County's major Fugitive Squad. This unit is charged with locating and arresting fugitives from justice.
Sheriff Brown is committed to his community and is a member of the DeKalb Rape Crisis Board, the Georgia Center for Children, the Nicholas House, 100 Black Men of DeKalb, Decatur Rotary Club and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. Brown was also recently elected to the DeKalb Pension Board by the county employees. His philanthropic projects include an annual golf tournament to benefit the Women's Resource Center to end domestic violence, the Boys and Girls Club of East DeKalb, Our House Shelter, the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center and Youth Leadership DeKalb.
A native of Atlanta, Brown is a graduate of the Atlanta Public School System. He received his bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Brenau Professional College. He also holds an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Service Technology and Emergency Medical Technology from DeKalb Community College, now known as Georgia Perimeter College.