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Promotions Announced at the Chatham County Detention Center

Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Roy Harris has announced the promotions of two long time employees.  The Jail Administrator, Ms. Melissa Kohne was promoted to Jail Administrator from Acting Jail Administrator on August 1 of this year. Prior to this promotion she served in several capacities at CCSO.   Prior to moving to Savannah, she retired as the Assistant Jail Administrator for Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office in Lafayette, Indiana. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminology and Pre-Law with a minor in Psychology. She was a Probation Officer for the State of Indiana before working at the Sheriff’s Office. At Tippecanoe County Detention Center she worked in all areas of the jail and served as the law enforcement member of three specialty court programs: Forensic Diversion, Drug Court and Prison Re-Entry. She also has extensive experience in other jail program areas as GED, Substance Abuse, Conflict Management, Community Corrections (Work Release) and Home Placement options. CCSO has similar programs to aid inmates leave the facility with the hope of a better future.

Next, Captain Elijah (Sonny) Powell, a 37 year veteran of CCSO has been promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel and assigned as the Assistant Jail Administrator. He started to work at CCSO July 24, 1978. LTC Powell is highly respected by court personnel in Chatham County, CCSO employees and the administration. He was promoted to the rank of Captain on July 26, 2003. He was born and spent his entire life in Chatham County and attended Armstrong State University.

Captain Lawrence Wright, a 31 year veteran of CCSO is being promoted to the rank of Major in the Corrections Bureau. He will be taking the place of another long-term distinguished employee who is retiring. Major Wright has served in a variety of roles at CCSO. He is also well respected in our community and within the agency. Major Wright has a BS degree in Criminal Justice with a major in corrections and a minor in sociology from South West Texas State University.

Major Kim Middleton, who has served the people of Chatham County for 28 years, announces her retirement to pursue her dream of becoming a full time ministry student. She also, was born and raised in Chatham County and rose through the ranks at CCSO, becoming the agency’s first female Captain, and later, its first female Major. She was the commander of the Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Bureau for many years. In her capacity as Major, she served as the commander of both the Operations and Security roles in the Corrections Bureau. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and an MPA from Columbus State University. She is also a distinguished graduate from the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. She also served on the Chatham County Employees Pension Board and was chairperson for eight years. She was President of the Georgia Internal Affairs Association for three years and Chaplain for that organization for two years. She served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Internal Affairs Association.She was Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Chair for the United Way of Coastal Georgia for eight years where she did an outstanding job raising funds for those in need. She represented the agency on the Campaign Committee for Government Affairs during the same time.