Veteran Morgan County Sheriff’s Officer Dietrich Roland has been promoted to captain of the department’s uniform division.
According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, Roland, who was a lieutenant with the department, was an obvious choice to head up the uniform division.
“Dietrich has been performing the duties as a lieutenant. He has stepped up and been willing to take on greater responsibility. Both his personality and work ethic fit the bill.”
Roland has been in law enforcement for more than 25 years. He said he initially became interested in the job after his cousin Willie Brinkley allowed him to do ride-alongs while Brinkley was a Madison Police Department officer and Roland was a teen. Brinkley is now a captain with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.
Roland will have supervisory responsibilities over more than 15 officers including the uniform patrol division, school resource officers and courthouse deputies. “This is part of his growth as an officer,” Markley said.
Roland started his law enforcement career with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office in 1992 as a deputy. He has also worked with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and was a canine officer with the Taliaferro County Sheriff’s Office before returning to Morgan County in 2004.
Roland said he was drawn to law enforcement, in part, by faith and the opportunity to help. “You have the ability to help people when they are, at times, under dire circumstances in their lives,” he said.
Roland said he leans on his faith to do his job. “Having faith in God has gotten me to where I am today.”
Roland is married to his wife Marie. The couple has a son, Logan and a daughter Alaiya. They are both members of the Lakepoint Community Church.
“We’re proud to have him here,” said Markley. “Dietrich is very capable and able to the job. We look forward to him enhancing the capabilities and performance of the uniform division.”