Sheriff Chris Clinton
Sheriff Clinton took office on December 14, 2007 after a special election. He was re-elected to office in November, 2008
without contest, and again in November, 2012 with 75% of the vote. Sheriff Clinton is a member of the National Sheriffs'
Association, the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, the Georgia Jail Association, Chatuge Gun Club, Constitutional Officer's
Association of Georgia, Gideons International and an honorary Rotarian. Sheriff Clinton has served on the Georgia Sheriffs'
Association Training and Standards Committee since 2008. At the 2012 sheriffs' summer training conference, Sheriff
Clinton was elected to serve as the Region III Vice President on the Georgia Sheriffs' Association executive board.
Sheriff Clinton is highly involved in community outreach and has been a guest speaker at many local events sponsored by
groups such as the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Towns County Historical Society, Towns County Schools, Towns County GOP,
numerous home owners associations, and others. He is active in establishing Neighborhood Watches throughout the
Sheriff Clinton and his family participate in several charitable events including hosting an annual fundraiser for the
Georgia Sheriffs' Youth homes, supporting the Towns County Food Pantry, and other private fundraisers for local families.
Sheriff Clinton's professional background includes having served as a patrol deputy, a detective, and a lieutenant in a
Criminal Investigations Division. During this time Chris was also assigned to a special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team as
both an entry team member and a counter-sniper.
Sheriff Clinton's training includes National Sheriffs' Institute training, Police Supervision Training, Command Staff
Training, Criminal Investigations, Forensic Interviewing, Sex Crimes Investigations, Death Investigations, Special
Weapons and Tactics, Police Countersniper I & II, Search and Seizure for Drug Cases, Drug Diversion Investigations,
Forensic Art Techniques, DWI detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, two-time graduate of the Bill Rogers'
Shooting School, Advanced Traffic Law, Child Passenger Safety, and others. He is certified by the Georgia Bureau of
Investigation Division of Forensic Sciences as a Marijuana Identification Expert. He also has certifications from Corner
House and Finding Words Georgia for forensic interviewing of child victims. Sheriff Clinton is a graduate of the Northeast
Georgia Police Academy, 2008 Georgia Sheriffs' Elect Academy, and holds an Associate of Science from Thomas University
in Thomasville, Georgia.
Sheriff Clinton is 46 years old and has been married to his wife Crystal Goodwin Clinton for 17 years and have three
children. Sheriff Clinton and his wife also enjoy playing music. They have performed together and separately for many
local charities including Jam the Need, a benefit to raise money for the hungry, and Sunshine Kids, a benefit for children
with cancer. Sheriff Clinton is also a songwriter affiliated with BMI, who has composed and recorded several songs. In
October, 2014, Chris released his debut album, "The Last Fair Deal," which is available in CD format, as well as via digital
download through many well-known digital retailers worldwide. Sheriff Clinton uses his talents to support local
fundraising events for local families and local charities.
Sheriff Clinton attended Towns County High School and played football under Coach Arvil Holmes. His love of football has
spilled over into his adult life. He has assisted in coaching in the Towns County Youth Football League.
Sheriff Clinton's family roots in Towns County have existed from the county's beginnings. His great, great, great, grand
parents, John and Sara Nichols lived in Tate City when it was still considered part of Rabun County. His great grand
parents, Claude and Mary Nicholson, are still remembered fondly by many in the community. His grandparents are Harold
and the late Simone Nicholson of Hiawassee, and Nellie Harrison and the late Clifford Clinton of Douglasville, Georgia. His
parents are Mike and Shirley Clinton.
|Sheriff Christopher M. Clinton