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Shift Commander   —   912-652-7710

Sheriffic News - Fourth Quarter 2020

Special Notices

Wednesday, January 13, 2020 - The following information is a COVID-19 update from Sheriff John T. Wilcher regarding the Chatham County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) current pandemic information:

As of Jan.13, 2021: 2126 inmates have been tested for COVID -19 to date: Since April 1, 2020: 127 positive, 1977 negative, 6 pending. The current jail population is approximately 1337.


Twenty inmates are currently COVID-19 positive and are isolated receiving medical care. As a precautionary measure, we are isolating each arrestee for 14 days and testing them before moving into general population. The five-dollar medical copay is waived. Inmates must be confirmed negative before moving out of isolation into general population of the jail.


As of Jan.13, 2021: 8 staff are currently COVID -19 positive. Since April 1, 2020: 83 staffers have tested positive.


As a precaution, we are no longer accepting in person meetings for attorneys and their clients detained in the Chatham County Detention Center, only virtual meetings until further notice.


Fingerprinting and background services suspended until further notice.


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You may speak to an individual directly at 912-652-7600.

For more information on COVID -19 please follow the Centers for Disease Control:


Choose a Career That Matters

The mission of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office is to enforce state law and provide the finest public safety services to the people of Chatham County, which includes protecting the judiciary, executing orders of the courts, supporting our law enforcement partners and providing for the care, custody and control of legally incarcerated inmates.


Message From Sheriff John T. Wilcher

Let me take this opportunity to welcome you to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office Web Site. Inside, you will find information about our agency and its' various functions. 

Also included in this site are phone numbers and E-mail addresses that you can access for further information as well as our 'Frequently Asked Questions' page for general and specific information. 

This site will be updated on a regular basis, so I encourage you to visit often. You can reach me at (912) 652-7609 or (912) 660-1012.


Who We Are

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office serves all the municipalities and unincorporated areas of Chatham County. The men and women of the Sheriff’s Office are highly trained in a variety of areas to ensure that the citizens of our community are served the highest levels of professionalism and excellence. Our core values follow the acronym SHERIFF:

  • Safety
    We keep law, policy and procedure at the forefront of our organization as to provide the safest environment for our officers, inmates and citizens.
  • Honor
    We take pride in every action, every day and ensure that our conduct and performance is a reflection of the upmost professionalism.
  • Excellence
    We exhibit the highest standards of law enforcement service and personal responsibility both on- and off-duty.
  • Reliability
    We serve citizens equally and consistently, always showing fairness, dignity and respect.
  • Integrity
    We strive to uphold the highest moral standards and treat all people with respect.
  • Focus
    We remain focused on our obligation to protect the citizens of Chatham County by providing a well-trained staff that has the highest standards of honesty and ethical conduct.
  • Family
    We are not just employees, we are family members.