Georgia Sheriffs’ Association to relocate to Morgan County
By Patrick Yost
The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association is moving its headquarters to Madison and Morgan County.
According to Terry Norris, executive director, the association is planning to build a 22,000 square foot headquarters on approximately 20 acres off the Madison by-pass. The site, he said, is across from the Morgan Medical Center. The association closed on the property approximately two weeks ago, Norris said.
Currently the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association is located in Henry County. That site was constructed in 1993. Norris said the group had been searching for a place to expand its facilities. Once completed the Madison site will contain the working space for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Home, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Home Foundation and the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Retirement Fund.
Construction on the $8.5 million facility should be completed at the end of 2022, he said.
“We are in the process of talking to architects to design the building.”
Once completed, the facility will be used, in part, for training and to operate the non-profit associations. The Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Home manages five separate youth home campus’ across the state established “to give our state’s most at-risk children the love, safety, and stability needed to become mature, successful adults,” the group’s website states.
Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley said he was “extremely proud the Georgia Sheriff’s Association has chosen Morgan County for it’s new headquarters.”
“It speaks well of the leadership and sense of community we have here in Morgan County.”
Markley serves as the chairman of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Retirement Board.
Markley said the proximity bodes well for the development of his force. “We will have a lot more training opportunities made available to us,” he said.
Norris said the association had outgrown it’s current location. “We have the need for a bigger space.” Once completed the site will provide training space for more than 60 officers at a time from across the state. All 159 sheriff’s in Georgia are members of the association whose expressed goal is to “promote and further professionalize the office of sheriff,” Norris said.
The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association was founded in 1954 and included more than 30,000 “honorary members” across the state.