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Name: Thomas Pinyan
Rank: Major
Assignment: Field Operations Commander
Phone Number: 770-928-0239

Major Tommy Pinyan currently serves as the Field Operations Commander for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. His command encompasses the Divisions of Uniformed Patrol, Special Operations, and Criminal Investigations.

Major Pinyan, a lifelong resident of Cherokee County, started his law enforcement career with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a Detention Officer. Throughout his career, he has served in many leadership roles including Uniform Patrol Precinct Commander, K-9 Unit Commander, Criminal Investigation Commander, Narcotics Deputy Commander and Internal Affairs Supervisor. Major Pinyan is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, class # 266.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Justice Studies from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University and is a graduate of the Columbus State University Professional Management Program.  Major Pinyan has Intermediate, Supervision, and Managerial POST certifications.

Major Pinyan is married, with two children and they are members of Canton First United Methodist Church.  He also volunteers as an Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America.

Name: Dana Martin
Rank: Major
Assignment: Commander of Headquarters Operations
Phone Number: 678-493-4130

Major Dana Martin grew up in Cherokee County and began her career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in 1997. Working up through the ranks in a variety of roles, she currently serves as the Commander of Headquarters Operations. Major Martin is responsible for the Office of Professional Standards and Administrative Services Division which includes Accounting, Budgeting, Human Resources, Central Records, National Accreditation / State Certification, and Property /Evidence.

Dana earned her Bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University, and her Masters of Public Administration degree from Columbus State University. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #255, Columbus State University’s Professional Management Program, FBI LEEDA Trilogy, IACP Women’s Leadership Institute, Georgia LEEDS, Leadership Cherokee 2006, and is a member of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. She is married, with one son and they attend Pilgrimage United Church of Christ and live in Canton, Georgia.

Name: William Smith
Rank: Major
Assignment: Commander Adult Detention Center
Phone Number: 678-493-4155

Major William J. Smith is currently the Jail Administrator at the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, who directly oversees the Adult Detention Center and the Cherokee Justice Center.  He started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1999 after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Jersey City State College.  He currently has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest University and a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration, at the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College in Columbus Georgia.

Major Smith is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, class #257.  His assignments with the Sheriff’s Office began at the Adult Detention Center where he became a DTO (Detention Training Officer). Major Smith then moved onto various Precincts in Uniform Patrol where he became an FTO (Field Training Officer), Warrant/Civil Unit Commander, joined the agency’s SWAT TEAM where he held the position of Swat Commander, held the position of Agent with CMANS (Cherokee Multi Agency Narcotic Squad) and Training Director for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

Name: Joe Satterfield
Rank: Captain
Assignment: Uniform Patrol Commander
Phone Number: 770-479-0451

Captain Joe Satterfield currently serves as the Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division. He is responsible for supervising the Property Crimes, Financial Crimes, Crimes against Children, Crimes against Persons, Intelligence and Forensics Units.

Captain Satterfield began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in the Adult Detention Center in 1993. Since then he has served in various leadership roles in Traffic, Patrol, Training, SWAT, and Special Operations. He has served as the Division Commander for Training, Special Operations, and Patrol Divisions. Captain Satterfield has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Technical Degree in Law Enforcement from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, a Bachelor’s of History from Reinhardt University, and a Master’s of Public Administration from Columbus State University. He has also completed the State of Georgia Command College and Columbus State University Professional Management Programs. Captain Satterfield is a graduate of the 139th Administrative Officer’s Course of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, Ky. He is a member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association.

Captain Satterfield is a lifelong resident of Cherokee County and has been married to Cindy Watson Satterfield, a Cherokee County elementary school teacher, since 1994. They have two children, Lily and Joseph, that they are very proud of.

Name: John New
Rank: Captain
Assignment: Uniform Patrol Commander
Phone Number: 770-479-4555

Captain John New began his career with Cherokee County in 1993 as a 911 Dispatcher. Captain New eventually went on to work as a Deputy Sheriff in the Adult Detention Center, Uniform Patrol, and Narcotics Investigations.

Captain New currently serves as the Uniform Patrol Commander.  Captain New joined the Agency’s SWAT Team in February of 2000, where is he currently serving as the Team Commander.  Captain New is a graduate of the Professional Management Program, hosted by Columbus State University.

Captain New graduated for the 261st Session of the FBI National Academy and is currently pursuing a bachelors degree.

Name: Chris Sims
Rank: Captain
Assignment: Court Services Commander
Phone Number: 678-493-6180

Captain Sims began his law enforcement career in 1997 with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in the Adult Detention Center. Captain Sims has served in many leadership roles including Precinct Commander over two precincts, Assistant Division Commander in Criminal Investigations, Assistant Division Commander for Training Unit and Internal Affairs Supervisor. Captain Sims was assigned to the Multi-Agency SWAT team for 18 years, where he was the Sniper Team Leader. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Organizational Management-Leadership from Reinhardt University, a Master of Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University and is a graduate of the Columbus State University Professional Management Program. Captain Sims holds multiple POST certifications to include state General Instructor and Firearms Instructor.

Name: Charles McMahan
Rank: Captain
Assignment: Jail Expansion
Phone Number: 678-493-4150

Captain McMahan began his career with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in 1993, after being Honorably Discharged from the United States Navy.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management – Leadership from Reinhardt University.

Captain McMahan is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration through Columbus State University’s Command College Program.  Captain McMahan previously served in the Uniform Patrol Division.

Name: John Gunning
Rank: Captain
Assignment: Director of Training
Phone Number: 678-880-4843

Captain John Gunning is the Director of Training at the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. His responsibilities include developing, implementing and managing all training and education for the Sheriff’s Office. He began his law enforcement career with the Rome Police Department in 1996 as a Patrol Officer and continued working in law enforcement narcotics interdiction while serving with the military until 2016. Upon his military retirement, Captain Gunning joined the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office after serving for 28 years in the United States Army and National Guard.

Captain Gunning retired as the Brigade Command Sergeant Major of the 201st Regional Support Group Homeland Response Force and has over 24 years of law enforcement experience ranging from uniformed patrol to narcotics interdiction. Captain Gunning is a graduate of The United States Army’s Sergeants Major Academy and holds numerous law enforcement and military instructor certifications.

Captain Gunning is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Name: Daniel P. Higgins
Rank: Captain
Assignment: Assistant Jail Commander
Phone Number: 678-493-4200

Captain Daniel Higgins currently serves as the Assistant Jail Commander. He is responsible for the daily operation of the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.

Captain Higgins’ career began in 1997 with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office after serving four honorable years in the United States Marine Corps. Captain Higgins started in the Adult Detention Center and throughout his career, he served in many leadership roles including supervisor of the county’s Traffic Unit, Uniform Patrol Precinct Commander, Internal Affairs Supervisor, and Assistant Team Leader on the S.W.A.T Team. He spent time in the Narcotics Division as well. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Operational Management Leadership from Reinhardt University, a Master of Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University and is a graduate of the Columbus State University Professional Management Program. Captain Higgins has Supervision and Managerial POST certifications.

Name: Kimberly Thompson
Rank: Captain
Assignment: Operational Support Commander
Phone Number: 678-493-4200

Captain Thompson started her law enforcement career with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a CMANS Agent. Throughout her career, she has served in leadership roles in these departments; Uniform Patrol, Adult Detention Center, Criminal Investigation.  Captain Thompson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, class #235.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana, a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University and is a graduate of the Columbus State University Professional Management Program.

Captain Thompson has two children and is active in the Boys Scouts of America. She also participates in her community social organization.

Name: Mark Anderson
Rank: Captain
Assignment: Special Operations Commander
Phone Number: 678-493-4200

Captain Mark M. Anderson has worked at the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office for 17 years and his current assignment is the Commander of Special Operations and he is the assistant commander of the agency S.W.A.T. team.  His commander encompasses the Traffic Enforcement Unit, Motor Cycle Unit, K9 Unit, Hostage Negotiation Team, Warrant Unit, Strike Team, The Reserve Unit, S.W.A.T. and Crime Suppression.  Captain Anderson has 19 years of law enforcement experience.  Prior to his law enforcement career, Captain Anderson served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps.

Captain Anderson is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command and has completed the Columbus State University Professional Management Program.  Captain Anderson has a Bachelors’ Degree from Reinhardt University.