Sheriff Chris Clinton
Office of the Sheriff
Towns County, GA
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Sheriff Chris Clinton

For your convenience, the Sheriff maintains an office at the courthouse
located at 48 River Street, Suite F, Hiawassee, GA.  The administrative offices
are located at  4070 Highway 339, Young Harris, GA along with the Towns
County Detention Center.

Welcome to the website of the Towns County Sheriff's Office.  You are visitor
number                    .  We hope you find all the information you are looking for.  The website is
always being updated so please bookmark and check back often for news and important
information.  If you need further assistance, please don't hesitate to call the Office of Sheriff
at 706/896-4444.  Please see the
Contact Us page.

The primary mission of the Towns County Sheriff’s Office is to maintain social order within
prescribed ethical and constitutional limits, while providing professional law enforcement
services.  To attain this, the agency enforces the law in a fair and impartial manner,
recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority and the
Constitutional rights of all persons.  The agency recognizes that no law enforcement agency
can operate at its maximum potential without supportive input from the citizens it serves.  
The agency actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of all citizens to reduce and limit
the opportunities for crime and to facilitate the maximum use of resources.

We are making some changes to the press pages.  Please be patient as we reorganize this
information to make them more easily accessible.  In addition, all press pages have been
updated to comply with Georgia House Bill 845, which takes affects July, 1, 2014, and directly
addresses the publication of booking photographs.

Section one states:
(c) An arresting law enforcement agency shall not provide or make available a copy of a
booking photograph in any format to a person requesting such photograph if:
(1) Such booking photograph may be placed in a publication or posted to a website or
transferred to a person to be placed in a publication or posted to a website; and
(2) Removal or deletion of such booking photograph from such publication or website
requires the payment of a fee or other consideration.

House Bill 845 is designed to stop the numerous unscrupulous websites that publish booking
photographs and charge to take them down. Any media requesting booking photos for news
collections purposes can still attain access to photographs through the open records process.

To read the Sheriff's biography, please
click here.

The Sheriff's open letter to Congressman Collins and Senators Isakson and Chambliss
regarding Second Amendment rights is
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