The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office is lead by some of the most experienced law enforcement professionals that currently serve anywhere today.
Sheriff Jud Smith
Jud Smith has been a lifelong resident of Barrow County with deep family roots. Jud graduated from Winder Barrow High School in 1994 and later attended Middle Georgia College where he played baseball. Jud then transferred to Columbus State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and later received his Master’s Degree through the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College also at Columbus State University. Jud has been in the law enforcement field for over ten years. He is married to his wife Stephanie and they have two children, Conyer and Addison. Jud’s goal is to ensure the citizens and visitors of Barrow County are protected and they receive the most professional and ethical law enforcement service in the State of Georgia.
Colonel Mike Hamm
Colonel Mike Hamm started his law enforcement career with the Georgia Southern University Police Department while attending college at Georgia Southern. He received his Bachelor Degree in Justice Studies from the University in 1998. Colonel Hamm resigned from the University Police Department in 1999 to take a position with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff.
Colonel Hamm joined the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 as a Deputy Sheriff. He was promoted to Investigator within six months after his start with the Sheriff’s Office. Colonel Hamm was also selected as one of the original members of the newly formed Barrow County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team in 2001. Colonel Hamm has worked as a general investigator, Traffic Unit Sergeant, Lieutenant-Assistant Division Commander of the Special Operations Division and Captain-Division Commander Administrative Division. He was transferred back to the Criminal Investigations Division in 2006 as Division Commander. In January of 2015, he was promoted to Chief Deputy.
Colonel Hamm has received several awards during his law enforcement career such as Meritorious Service Medal, Deputy of the Year, and Supervisor of the Year. Colonel Hamm is married and has two children. He is also a member of Chestnut Mountain Church.