Meet the Sheriff

Sheriff John Wilcher has the proven dedication to our community, with 40 years of service in the Sheriff’s Office, no one is more committed to the safety of our community than Sheriff Wilcher.

John is a lifelong resident of Chatham County who has served in our Sheriff’s Office for 40 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 2014 and elected to the position of Sheriff in March of 2016.

The Sheriff has worked in most areas of law enforcement including as the former Jail Administrator, managing jail operations housing more than 1,500 inmates for Chatham County. He has more than 3,000 hours of advanced and specialized training throughout his career.

Sheriff Wilcher has been recognized for his outstanding service to our community as a recipient of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Excellence Award, the Edward Hester Award from the Savannah Bar Association, and the Trial Lawyer’s Award.

Sheriff John T. Wilcher served in the United States Navy from August 1961 – October 1964, and in the United States Army Reserve from 1964 – 1967. He has served as a volunteer for the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home and has supervised the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Poker Run for 13 years, helping raise more than $300,000 for the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home. The Sheriff is married to his wife, Dorothy. They have two grown children.