A Message from Sheriff Pounds

I was born and raised in the Post and Ephesus Church Road area of Winston, Georgia. I grew up in a large family of 14 and am a 1975 graduate of Douglas County High School. I'm a 61 year old father of four and grandfather of two. I am a member of Crossroads for Life Ministries Church in Douglasville.

I retired from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office after serving 38 years with the department. During that time I worked under three (3) different Sheriffs and in almost every facet the Sheriff's Office has to offer. I worked my way up through the ranks from a jailer, through Patrol, onto Investigations, and Warrants.

During my time on patrol I supervised a patrol shift as a Sergeant and then managed it as a Patrol Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant under former Sheriff Earl D. Lee, I was a manager and a member of his Command Staff.

I moved to the Warrant Division where I became a Sergeant and served two years on the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Elite Metro Fugitive Squad where I tracked down and apprehended the worst criminals society had to offer. I became a Lieutenant and supervised the Warrant Division for about nine (9) years. With the passing of Captain Larry Dukes in late 2008, Sheriff Phil Miller, because of my leadership abilities, experience, and vast knowledge, appointed me to the rank of Captain. He entrusted me as a member of his command staff and with it came the management of thirty-two (32) employees within the Warrant, Civil, Transports, Fugitive, and Central Records Departments. This included managing three (3) Lieutenants, three (3) Sergeants, and the entire division budget for the next seven (7) years before I retired in December 2015 to run for the next Sheriff of Douglas County, Georgia.

In addition to my many years of supervision, management, and command staff experience within the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, I also have over 500 hours of training hours on supervision, management, and budgeting.

More Law Enforcement Community Oriented Policing

Law enforcement must become more involved within their local communities. We have to get out and interact with people and their children so that we make personal connections. The community has to see that these men and women are truly there to serve and protect them. This will be accomplished by making the officers get out of their cars and make positive contacts with members of our community. Some examples are community events such as youth football games, baseball games, school field days, fall festivals, and many, many more events throughout the county.

More Transparency

People want more transparency within law enforcement. Having more transparency in law enforcement is very important to our ongoing national issues. It isn't that we don't want to let you know what is happening as quickly as possible. However, it is often impossible to give full details because we want to protect the integrity of the investigation. If it is a major incident that occurs in Douglas County and involves one of our officers, we will turn the investigation over to a neutral agency. An investigation often takes months to gather all the facts, examine them, and determine if a crime was committed. I personally vow to keep the citizens abreast of major situations the best that I can, while protecting the integrity of the investigation.

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8470 Earl D. Lee Blvd. • Douglasville, GA 30134
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