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.
Major T. S. Hines
Major Hines joined the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office in July of 1996 as a detention officer in the detention center.He attended the 143rd Basic Mandate class at Northeast Georgia Police Academy in Athens, graduating second in his class in academics.After becoming certified and a sworn deputy, Maj. Hines briefly worked in Court Services before transitioning to the Uniform Patrol Division as a patrol deputy.Maj. Hines held several supervisory positions within this division before transferring in 2005 to the Criminal Investigations Division as an investigator and, eventually, a supervisor within the Property Crimes Unit. He also concurrently served on the Sheriff’s Special Response Team and S.W.A.T. Team for most of his career at the Sheriff’s Office.Maj. Hines was appointed by Sheriff Smith as Assistant Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division in 2011, and promoted to Commander in 2015.Currently, he is serving as the Interim Commander of the Detention Division.
Maj. Hines has received several awards during his service at the Sheriff’s Office, including Master Marksman, Deputy of the Year, Investigator of the Year, and Tactical Operator of the Year.Maj. Hines is a certified Jailor, Field Training Officer, and Senior Deputy.He has also completed his Intermediate and Advanced P.O.S.T. certifications, as well as his Supervisory and Managerial certifications.Maj. Hines attended courses at the University of Georgia, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice through Liberty University.
Major Robert A. White
Major 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 Services Division. When Sheriff Jud Smith took office in 2009, he promoted Lieutenant White to the rank of Captain, and placed him in the position of Division Commander; overseeing the Administrative Services Division.
In December 2015 Sheriff Smith promoted Major White to his current rank of Major. Major White is the Sheriff’s Chief Jailer and is the Division Commander over the Detention Division. During his tenure with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Major White has received numerous awards, citations, and letters of commendation and appreciation. In 2000 he received the Sheriff’s Medal of Valor for his actions in the line of duty.
Major 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. Major White is Veteran of the US Military. He enlisted in the United States Army as an Infantry Soldier in 1990, serving overseas until 1993 when he left active duty service and joined the Georgia Army National Guard. He served in the National Guard until he was honorably discharged in 1997. Major White has been a resident of Barrow County since 1997. He and his wife have been married since 2006 and they have one son. They live in Winder and attend Calvary Baptist Church.
Captain Vince Henderson
Captain Vince Henderson began his law enforcement career with the University of Georgia Police Department. Vince has lived in Barrow County since the mid-80s and graduated from Winder Barrow High School in 1997. He is married to Ginny and has three children, Natalie, Clayton, and Barrett.
He is currently working towards his Bachelor Degree and has completed the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University.
Captain Henderson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant while at the University of Georgia Police Department and was the team leader for the UGAPD SRT team. He took a deputy’s position with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office in 2005 and was promoted to Uniform Patrol Shift Lieutenant in 2007. After serving as a Lieutenant for seven years, he was promoted to Uniform Patrol Captain in June of 2014. Captain Henderson is a certified Instructor and holds specialized Instructor certifications in Firearms, Shotgun, Defensive Tactics, DUI Detection, CPR, SWAT, and Taser. Captain Henderson is the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Commander.
Captain Henderson has received several awards during his career such as Officer of the year, Supervisor of the year, and a Purple Heart Award to name a few. Captain Henderson is dedicated to the citizens and visitors of Barrow County and strives daily to promote the Sheriff’s goals for a professional and ethical Office and a safe and secure community.
Captain Matt Guthas
Captain Matt Guthas began his law enforcement career with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office in 1997. He started his career as a Detention Officer while also attending college full-time. Guthas then served for three years in the Uniform Patrol Division as a Deputy, then Corporal and Field Training Officer. In 2001, Guthas was promoted to Investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), and then to Sergeant of the Property Crimes Unit in CID in 2002. Guthas served a total of nine years in CID until being promoted to Lieutenant – Office of Professional Standards, in 2011. Guthas was promoted to Captain in CID in January of 2015.
Guthas has served as an instructor for over 10 years, teaching law enforcement classes at local and state academies, local colleges, conferences, as well as overseas. Guthas has a B. A. from the University of Georgia, a Master’s from Mercer University in Atlanta, and has both supervisory and management certificates through the Georgia P.O.S.T. Council. Guthas has served as the State Certification Manager for the agency as well.
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 Ryan Sears
Captain Ryan Sears started his law enforcement career with the University of Georgia Police Department while attending college and later received his Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice from the Pennsylvania (Penn) State University in 2009. Captain Sears resigned from the University of Georgia Police Department in June of 2003 and came to work at the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. Within the first six months of employment, Deputy Sears was transferred to the traffic unit and then 4 months later became a K-9 handler with his K-9 “Ranger.” Deputy Sears was promoted to the rank of Sergeant over the traffic unit in March 2005 and stayed in that position until being promoted to Lieutenant over the Office of Professional Standards in January 2015. In December of 2015, Lieutenant Sears was promoted to Captain and made Division Commander of the Administrative Services Division.
Captain Sears has received several awards during his law enforcement career such as the Sustained Superior Performance Award, Meritorious Service Medal, Supervisor of the Year, and the Community Crime Prevention Award. Captain Sears has been married for 12 years and has two children. He and his family are members of 12 Stone Church.
Lieutenant Cory Almond
Lieutenant Cory Almond began his law enforcement career with the Commerce Police Department in 2006. Lieutenant Almond resigned from the Commerce Police Department and came to work at the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff in April of 2007. Within his first year of employment with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Almond was transferred to the traffic unit. After four years on the traffic unit, Deputy Almond was then promoted to the rank of Criminal Investigator in 2011.
In August of 2014, Investigator Almond was promoted to the rank of Sergeant over the property crimes unit. In December of 2015, Sergeant Almond was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Assistant Division Commander of Administrative Services Division. Lieutenant Almond earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from the Florida Institute of Technology in March of 2013. Lieutenant Almond is currently enrolled with Liberty University and is on target to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in the spring of 2016.
Lieutenant Almond has received several awards during his law enforcement career such as Meritorious Service Medal, Investigator of the Year, and Supervisor of the Year. Lieutenant Almond is a resident of Watkinsville, Georgia. He has been married for 10 years and has two children. He and his family attend Athens Church of Christ. Lieutenant Almond is a huge supporter of Butterfly Dreams Farm and ESP (Extra Special People). Both are non-profit organizations which help children and young adults with special needs flourish.
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.