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.
Tom Caldwell – Chief Deputy
Tom Caldwell was selected by Sheriff Burkhalter to serve as Chief Deputy following his election in November 2004. Chief Caldwell is the ranking deputy of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and serves as the Chief Operations Officer. He is the appointing authority and head of the office in the sheriff’s absence. He was born and raised in Rome; where he graduated from West Rome High School. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Shorter College. He is a 2007 graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and received an M.P.A. from Columbus State University, where he graduated with honors in Public Affairs and Public Administration. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Leadership (2004). In 2009, he became the first deputy at the Sheriff’s Office to graduate from the F.B.I. National Academy. (session 238) Chief Caldwell is an 26 year-law enforcement veteran and a certified fugitive investigator.
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.
Tommy McGuire – Major
Tommy McGuire serves as the Division Commander for the Field Operations Division. He oversees all movement and staff members which operate outside of the jail. Major McGuire was born and raised in Floyd County. He graduated from East Rome High School and attended Floyd Highland’s College. He served in the United States Army and is an honorably discharged veteran. He has served Floyd County Government for 38 yrs. Tommy served fifteen years with the Floyd County Police Department and held the rank of Detective Sergeant within the Criminal Investigation Division. Tommy assumed the duties of Chief Deputy Jan 2, 1993 at the Sheriff’s Office and served in that position for twelve years. He currently supervises operation in Warrants, Civil, Superior Court and juvenile court.
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 is a 42-year veteran of local law enforcement, having served with the Rome Police Department for may years. 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, and the Certification and Accreditation Process.
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 over 37 years, having started out as a radio operator at the Floyd County Police Department. Captain Blanton serves as the Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. He 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”. Captain Blanton is responsible for Records Retention Services, GCIC-NCIC, Computer Services and Purchasing for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to these duties he is responsible for Sex Offender Registration and serves on the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Sex Offender Task Force as the Region One Representative.
Dave Roberson – Captain
Dave Roberson is the Supervisor for Courthouse Operations. Captain Roberson has 20 years of law enforcement service. Captain Roberson is certified as a Jail Officer, Peace Officer, Instructor, and Crisis Intervention Trainer. Captain Roberson has worked in various capacities with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office to Include Jail Officer, Deputy Sheriff in the Warrants Division, as well as Sergeant in the Jail and Training Divisions. Captain Roberson served as Lieutenant in the Warrants Division prior to his current assignment. Captain 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.
Richard Argo – Lieutenant
Richard Argo serves as the Supervisor of the Warrants Section of the Field Operations Division. Lt. Argo can assist you with questions concerning the following types of warrants; felony, misdemeanor, traffic, failure to appear, probation violation, or temporary protective orders. Lt. Argo can also assist with issues related to extradition from other states and transports from other facilities around the state.
Nancy Canada – Lieutenant
Nancy Canada serves as the Assistant Jail Administrator, working under Major Bob Sapp, managing and supervising the daily operations of the Jail. Canada began her career at the Sheriff’s Office in 1985 where she worked as a deputy in the records division. Moving from there to field services as a sergeant and then the detention division, where she earned the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2000. Lt. Canada is a 35-year veteran of local law enforcement, having started as the first female officer for the Floyd County Police Department in 1978. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and also holds an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Floyd College.
Allen Pledger – Lieutenant
Allen Pledger serves as the day shift Watch Commander for the Jail Division, managing and supervising the daily operations of the jail. Lieutenant 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 with Floyd
County Sheriff’s Office to include Warrant Division, Court Division and currently the Jail Division.
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 and faithfully serves in the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office-Jail Operations Division.
Mechelle Cliatt – Executive Assistant
Mechelle Cliatt serves as the Administrative Aide 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 graduated from Floyd College with a A.S. in Business Administration and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Shorter College. Mrs. Cliatt is active in the Sheriff’s Santa Program and the Cops for Kids Program. Mrs. Cliatt was the 2006 Joe Adams Community Service Award recipient. In addition to her administrative duties for the Sheriff, Mrs. Cliatt is responsible for all Employee Relations, Public Relations, Media Relations, Press Releases, Payroll Administration, and is the liaison for all community affairs.