All Open Records requests should be submitted to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Attention: Kimberly Phillips, Records Manager, 233 East Broad Street, Winder, GA 30680
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 Mike Hamm
Major 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. Major Hamm resigned from the University Police Department in 1999 to take a position with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff. Major 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. Major 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. Major 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 transfered back to the Criminal Investigations Division in 2006 as Division Commander. Major Hamm has received several awards during his law enforcement career such as Meritorious Service Medal, Deputy of the Year, and Supervisor of the Year. Major Hamm is married and has two children. He is also a member of Chestnut Mountain Church.
Major Mike Katsegianes
Major Katsegianes is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.
Major Katsegianes began his Law Enforcement career in early 1993 at the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.While at the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office Major Katsegianes was assigned to the Jail Division and Warrant’s Unit in the Field Division.He remained in the Field Division until he was promoted to Corporal and returned to the Jail Division.Eight months after his promotion to Corporal, he was then promoted to Sergeant and remained in the Jail Division and while at Clarke County, Major Katsegianes became a P.O.S.T. Certified General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Shotgun Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Taser Instructor and Speed Detection Instructor.
In 2001, Major Katsegianes began his employment with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office and assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division.In the fall of 2002, Major Katsegianes was promoted to Sergeant and took over the duties of Training Coordinator.In February, 2005 he was promoted to Captain and started the Court Services Division.Later that year, Major Katsegianes became the Jail Administrator.Major Katsegianes was the Transition Team Coordinator and Construction Liaison for the Sheriff’s Office during the planning and construction of the new Detention Center and Court House.
In 2009, Major Katsegianes was awarded the “Detention Administrator of the Year 2009” by the Georgia Jail Association.
Captain Mark Peak Captain Mark Peak began his law enforcement career in March, 1989 with the Auburn Police Department. He was certified as a peace officer in November of 1990 as a member of the 95th session of the Northeast Georgia Police Academy in Athens, Georgia. In 1992 he was awarded the Police Officer of the year from the Auburn Police Department. In 1993 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He continued to work for the Auburn Police Department until it was closed in 1997. He then spent the next year with the Winder Police Department, before joining the Barrow County Sheriff's Office in September of 1998. Since joining the Sheriff's Office, he was awarded the Deputy of the year in 1999. In 2000 he joined the Criminal Investigations Division. While in CID, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant over the persons crime unit. he remained in CID until November of 2009 when he was promoted to the rank of Captain over the Uniform Patrol Division.
During his career he has received specialized training in domestic violence, attending classes in Las Vegas, Nevada. He attended a class in Advanced Homicide Investigation at Penn State University. He is also a certified Firearms Instructor and Hostage Negotiator.
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.
Sergeant David Aderhold
Sgt. David Aderhold is the Training Director for the Barrow County Sheriff's Office. He is retired from the DeKalb Sheriff's Office where he served for 28 years. He was DeKalb's SWAT Commander for the past 10 years and was on the SWAT team for 25 years. He has also served in the capacity of Training Supervisor and Fugitive Squad Supervisor. He is certified as an instructor in SWAT Command, Firearm Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor where he obtained his Black Belt in American Karate in 2003 and has instructor certifications in Krav Maga (civilian and LE), FBI DT, and many other areas in Defensive Tactics. He is also ceritified as an instructor in many less lethal areas such as: Chemical Munitions, Less Lethal Devices, and Diversionary Devices. He is also an instructor in X/M-26 Taser, ASP, Simunitins, Rifle, Shotgun, Mechanical/Shotgun and Explosive Breachings. Specialized courses that he instructs are: SWAT, Advanced Firearms, Defensive Tactics, High Risk Warrants, Active Shooter, and Officer Survival. He also has his Associates Degree in Administration of Justice and prior military in several Airborne units.
Sergeant Shirley Dawson
Sgt. Dawson moved to Barrow County in 1977. Shirley has served in law enforcement for over 30 years beginning her career with the Winder Police Department in 1978. In November 1992, Shirley joined the Barrow County Sheriff's Office. Her duties include employee services, managing the Barrow County Sex Offender Sex Registry, assistant to the Colonel and supervisor for the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office. Shirely was married to the late George Dawson for 34 years and has 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
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.