Melody Maddox Makes History As First Woman To Serve As DeKalb County Sheriff

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffery L. Mann is set to retire at the end of the month.

Amanda Cooper
November 14, 2019 - 5:04 pm

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Starting November 30th, there will be a new sheriff in town as DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffery L. Mann is set to retire at the end of the month.  Melody Maddox, DeKalb County's Chief Deputy, will step into the role, making her the first woman to serve as sheriff in the county's history and will remain until a special election is held to fill the position. 

Maddox received a bachelor's degree from Morris Brown College and a master's degree from Central Michigan University. She first joined the Dekalb County Police Department in 1997, and in 2016 she became Chief of Police for Georgia Piedmont Technical College until appointed in her current position of Chief Deputy in DeKalb County. 

After Mann retires on November 30th, Maddox will remain in the position until a special election is held to fill the position. Sheriff Mann has been in a legal battle to keep his certification, which was lost after he was arrested and charged in May 2017 with indecency and obstruction after exposing himself at Piedmont Park. His appeal is December 9th before an administrative law judge.