Sheriff Ron H. Freeman

Photograph: Sheriff Ron H. Freeman

Sheriff Ron H. Freeman

Sheriff Ron Freeman is honored and proud to serve as your Sheriff.

Elected to Office in 2016, Sheriff Ron Freeman has been a resident of Forsyth county for nearly 40 years. Sheriff Freeman began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1987. He is a 3rd generation law enforcement officer whose family has over 120 years of combined service in the State of Georgia. Sheriff Freeman has spent nearly his entire adult life protecting the citizens of Forsyth County, he has worked in nearly every division of the agency including Chief of Detectives, Precinct Commander and SWAT leadership and is well versed in all operations of the Sheriff’s Office. In 2013, he joined the new city of Brookhaven in Metro-Atlanta where he was recruited as the Deputy Chief of Police to build the city’s new police department. Brookhaven, the largest city in Dekalb County was named the safest city in Dekalb County in just two years.

Returning to lead the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is a life-long dream for Sheriff Ron Freeman. He is committed to preparing the agency to serve our rapidly growing county and our citizen’s needs with Honor, Integrity and Transparency. He is committed to keeping the FCSO prepared to meet the challenges of our future growth in Forsyth County.

Forsyth County leads the nation in many quality of life categories, and Sheriff Freeman and the men and women of the FCSO are committed to keeping Forsyth County a place where families want to raise their children. Sheriff Freeman has prioritized combatting drugs, adding School Resource Officers in schools to work with our children, traffic safety, and fiscal accountability as the goals of the Office.

Personal History

  • 49 years of age
  • Married high school sweetheart, Dana Lively Freeman - a 1988 gradaute
    of Forsyth County High School
  • Forsyth County Resident since 1980
  • Two college age children - both graduates of North Forsyth High School


  • Master of Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Organizational Leadership, Reinhardt University
  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, University of North Georgia
  • Class Honor Graduate, Northeast Georgia Police Academy
  • General, Firearms and Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Graduate, Forsyth County High School, 1987

Leadership Training

  • FBI National Academy, Session 197, Quantico, Virginia
  • Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, Class 18
  • Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development
  • Sheriff’s Academy, Georgia Sheriffs Association
  • FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School, Quantico, Virginia
  • Executive and Management Certifications, Georgia POST Council
  • UGA Carl Vinson Management for Local Government
  • Nearly 4000 hours of law enforcement training

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, LEADER Driver Safety
  • Member of South Forsyth Rotary Club
  • Member, Optimist Club
  • Deacon, First Baptist Church, Cumming
  • Founding member, FOP “David P Land” Lodge 82
  • Past President FBI National Academy Associates
  • Board Member, Georgia Law Enforcement Executive Development
  • Past youth football and softball coach
  • Forsyth County Drug Council


  • Medal of Valor, FCSO
  • Medal of Merit, FCSO
  • Honor Graduate, Class 84 Northeast Georgia Police Academy
  • Officer of the Year, FCSO

Professional Associations

  • Georgia Sheriff’s Association
  • National Sheriff’s Association
  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia
  • FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association

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