Command Staff

 

Sheriff Tim Burkhalter

Sheriff Tim Burkhalter was elected Sheriff of Floyd County in November of 2004. Sheriff Burkhalter is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Floyd County. He was born and raised in Floyd County where he graduated from Pepperell High School. He studied Criminal Justice at Jacksonville State University and is a Certified P.O.S.T. Instructor, a Graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, (session 255) and a past President of the North Georgia law Enforcement Executives . He has 30 years of service with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served in virtually every position and was twice awarded the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.  He was one of the original organizers of the Cops for Kids program and also helped organize Floyd County’s Bomb Squad. He is a certified bomb technician and fugitive investigator.


Tommy McGuire- Chief Deputy

Tomm McGuire was selected by Sheriff Burkhalter to serve as Chief Deputy in 2018. Chief McGuire is the highest ranking deputy of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and serves as the Chief Operations Officer. In the absence of the Sheriff, he is the head of the Office of the Sheriff.  McGuire was born and raised in Floyd County.  He graduated from East Rome High School and attended Georgia Highland’s College.  McGuire served in the United States Army and is an honorably discharged veteran.  Chief McGuire has served  Floyd County Government for more than 40 years.  His service to local government includes fifteen-years with the Floyd County Police Department. McGuire was amwarded the Joe Adams Community Service Award in 2016.  In 1993, under a previous administration, McGuire served the Sheriff’s Office as the Chief Deputy.  After twelve-years in that capacity, he was assigned to the appointment of Major over Field Services by Sheriff Burkhlater.  In July 2018, he was promoted to Chief Deputy.


Robert Sapp – Major

Major Sapp has over 20 years of experience in working with local, state and federal agencies in both the private and public sectors. He has extensive experience in “mission critical” law enforcement, detention and emergency related operations. He is an FBI trained crisis and hostage negotiator and was an original member of the Elite Bartow County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. He is a nationally certified jail manager and recipient of the prestigious “Best Detention Administrator of the Year Award.” He has previously served as an Area Field Coordinator for The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and as a Crisis and Disaster Specialist with the Georgia Department of Homeland Security.


Dave Roberson – Major

Dave Roberson serves as the Division Commander for the Field Services Division.  He oversees all movement and staff members which operate outside of the jail.  Major Roberson is a 1991 graduate of Cedartown High School and also holds an Associates Degree from Georgia Highlands College and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Shorter College. He currently supervises operation in Warrants, Civil, Superior Court and Juvenile Court. Roberson has served the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office for over 20 years.


 

 

 

Bobby Pearson – Captain

Bobby Pearson is the head of the Professional Development Section of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. Captain Pearson was born in Sylvester, Georgia and was graduated from East Rome High School. He possesses over 40 years of law enforcement experience, having also served with the Rome Police Department. Captain Pearson graduated from Berry College with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, and holds an M.P.A. from Columbus State University. He is a 1984 graduate of the FBI National Academy. His primary responsibilities include training for Jail Operations and Field Operations, personnel, policy and procedures maintainance, sworn personnel selection and promotions and oversees the accreditation.


Mark Blanton – Captain

Mark Blanton is the supervisor for the Administrative Section of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. Captain Blanton was born and raised in Floyd County where he graduated from Coosa High School. He has served in local Public Safety for nearly 40 years, having started out as a radio operator at the Floyd County Police Department. Captain Blanton spends much of his time involved in community service such as Boy Scouts of America, and is a past recipient of “Officer of the Year”.  He is responsible for computer services, internet technology and purchasing for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.  In addition to these duties, he oversees the Sex Offender Registration.


 Richard Argo – Captain

Richard Argo serves as the supervisor of the Field Services Division. Captain Argo is a 1984 graduate of Rockmart High School and attended Georgia Northwestern Techincal College. He has serve the Sheriff’s Office for more than 25 years.


Nathan Blanton – Lieutenant

Nathan Blanton is a Lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Warrants Division. Lt. Blanton is originally from Floyd County and a graduate from Coosa High School. He has an Associate’s Degree from Georgia Highlands. Lt. Blanton has been emloyed with the Sheriff’s Office since 2002 and has served as a Corporal and Sergeant. He is a certified bomb technician, polygraph examiner and certified POST Instructor.


 

Jody House – Lieutenant

Joseph House is a Lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Court Services Division where he oversees the Court and Civil Division at the courthouse. He received his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University in 2018. Lt. House is a 1991 graduate of the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy. House has been a Field Training Officer since 2010.He is a lifelong resident of Floyd County.


Nancy Canada – Lieutenant

Nancy Canada serves as the Assistant Jail Administrator working under Major Bob Sapp. Lt. Canada manages and supervises the daily operations of the Detention Division. Canada began her career at the Sheriff’s Office in 1985. She has served in the agency’s Records Division, Field Services as a sergeant, and as Staff Sergeant in the Detention Division. Canada has over 40 years of local law enforcement experince. She was the first female officer for the Floyd County Police Department in 1978.  Lt. Canada is a graduate of Jacksonville State University  and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement. She also has an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Georgia Highlands College.


Allen Pledger – Lieutenant

Allen Pledger serves as the day shift Watch Commander for the Jail Division. Lt. Pledger manages and supervises the daily operations of the jail. Pledger is a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Lieutenant Pledger began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1996 and has worked in various capacities.


Jeff Ploof – Lieutenant

Jeff Ploof serves as the night shift Watch Commander for the Jail Division, managing and supervising the daily operations of the jail. Lt. Ploof has been employed with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since 1990; prior ranks include Staff Sergeant, Sergeant, Corporal, Deputy Sheriff and Jail Officer.  Lieutenant Ploof is a veteran of the U.S. Army.


Mechelle Cliatt – Executive Assistant

Mechelle Cliatt serves as the administrative assitant to the Sheriff and the Chief Deputy. She has been employed by Floyd County since 1990 and has been with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since 1997. Mrs. Cliatt was born and raised in Rome, where she graduated from East Rome High School. She has an associates from Georgia Highlands and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Shorter College. Mrs. Cliatt is active in the Sheriff’s Santa Program and was the 2006 Joe Adams Community Service Award recipient. In addition to her administrative duties for the Sheriff, Mrs. Cliatt is the employee liasion to Human Resources and payroll administrator.