All Open Records requests should be submitted by mail to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Attention: Kimberly Phillips, Records Manager, 233 East Broad Street, Winder, GA 30680 or by fax to (770) 307-3066
Major Todd Druse
Major Todd Druse began his law enforcement career in January, 1992 with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office. He was certified as a peace officer later that year when he graduated from the Public Safety Training Institute (PSTI) in Jonesboro, Georgia. In late 1993, he left Gwinnett County and accepted employment with the City of Auburn Police Department, where he worked until February, 1997, when the department closed. After that, he joined the City of Winder Police Department where he worked for more than 11 years. During that time, he had many different functions, including night shift patrol, School Resource Officer, commander of the Special Operations Division, and patrol shift supervisor. He served at the Winder Police Department as a Hostage Negotiator and Public Information Officer, as well as a Georgia certified firearms instructor and Field Training Officer(FTO).
Major Druse joined the Barrow County Sheriff's Office in January, 2009 and currently serves as the commander of the Uniform Patrol Division. He is also a co-host of "Cop Talk," produced by WTV21, a local Winder television station. Major Druse is married and has one daughter and resides in Hall County. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Ashford University.
Captain Bruce Bley
Captain Bley is a graduate of Georgia State University with a B.A. in Political Science.He received his peace officers certification in 1993.
Captain Bley began his law enforcement career with the Clarke County (GA) Sheriff’s Office.Prior to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, he worked for the Shelbyville (TN) Police Department, the Bedford County (TN) Sheriff’s Office, and was assigned to the 17th Judicial District (TN) Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.Captain Bley has served as a Jail Officer, Patrol Officer, Narcotics Special Agent, and Investigator. He has received commendations from local, state, and federal agencies.In 2005, Captain Bley was promoted to Assistant Division Commander for the B.C.S.O. Detention Division.He is a P.O.S.T. Certified general Instructor.
Away from the Sheriff’s Office, Captain Bley is especially interested in Southern Appalachian and North Georgia history, folk craft, pottery, trout fishing, and photography.
Captain Robert White
Captain R. A. White began his law enforcement career in 1994 as a Patrolman with the City of Auburn police department. In 1998 he was hired by the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office as a Sheriff’s Deputy and was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. In 2002, Deputy White was promoted to the rank of Corporal and remained with the Uniform Patrol Division. In 2003 Corporal White was promoted to the rank of Investigator and assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as a narcotics investigator. In 2005, Investigator White was promoted to Lieutenant and reassigned to the Uniform Patrol Division as a Shift Commander. He remained in that position until being promoted to Assistant Division Commander over the Administrative Division. When Sheriff Jud Smith took office in 2009, he promoted Lieutenant White to the rank of Captain. During his tenure with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Captain White has received numerous awards, citations and letters of commendation and appreciation. In 2000 he received the Sheriff’s Medal of Valor. Captain White believes in the benefits of training. He has obtained his Basic, Intermediate and Advanced P.O.S.T. Certifications, as well has his P.O.S.T. Supervisor and Managerial certificates. He is also a P.O.S.T. certified Senior Deputy and Field Training Officer. Captain White is also a military veteran. He enlisted in the US Army as an Infantry Solder in 1990 and remained on active duty until 1993 when he joined the Georgia Army National Guard. He served in the National Guard until he was honorably discharged in 1997. Captain White has been a resident of Barrow County since 1997. He is married to his wife Jennifer and they live in Winder.
Lieutenant Jimmy Carroll
Lieutenant Jimmy Carroll has served in Law Enforcement for over 38 years, beginning with The Raleigh Police Department in 1972 until 1976 and with The Athens Police Department and Clarke County Sheriff’s Office from 1976 until his retirement in 2006. Some of his many duties have included Patrol Officer, Detective, Criminal Investigations Division, Assistant Commander and Commander of The Athens Clarke County Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force. He has also served as Shift Lieutenant Clarke County Detention Center, Support Commander Clarke County Detention Center, Division Commander Field Services Division and Chief Deputy Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant Carroll was hired as Director of the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office Work Release Program in November of 2006. He was reassigned as Administrative Lieutenant of the Detention Division in January 2009. His current duties include managing the Warrant/TAC Section, Inmate Needs, Inmate Work Detail and Court Security Detail.
Exec. Admin Secretary Sandra Mingus
Sandra Page Mingus works directly for Sheriff Smith.
She has thirty plus years of work experience including owning her own business for ten years. She has extensive accounting and computer knowledge. Her duties include working with the budget/finances and assisting Sheriff Smith with the day to day operations. Sandra is a life long resident of Barrow County. She has two sons, Brian and Clay and two grandchildren, Mason and Mia Mingus.