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Sheriff Joey Terrell is a lifelong resident who graduated from Habersham Central High School in 1987. After graduating high school he attended North Georgia Technical College. In 1995 he came to work at Habersham County Sheriff’s Office as a Jailor. Later he attended Mandate School and became a Deputy Sheriff. He rose through the ranks under several administrations and became Patrol Commander.


In July 2008 Sheriff Terrell announced his intention to run for Habersham County Sheriff and won the republican primary and the run-off in August of 2008. He graduated from the Georgia Sheriff’s Academy in November 2008. Sheriff Terrell was re-elected as Sheriff in 2012, winning the primary without a runoff making Sheriff Terrell the first two-term Sheriff in Habersham in 20 years.


Sheriff Terrell and his wife Darlene have been married for 28 years and have 2 children, a son and a daughter. The Terrell’s are active members of The Torch in Demorest where Terrell serves as an usher and helps with children’s church.


Since taking office Sheriff Terrell has implemented several new programs including one of the most qualified K-9 teams in the State of Georgia. A full time Domestic Violence Investigator was added in 2010 with the help of a state funded grant. The CHAMPS program was implemented by Sheriff Terrell to provide guidance, skill, ability and knowledge in preparation of a successful life to Habersham’s Youth.

The HEAT program was implemented to educate the public and enforce laws related to impaired and aggressive driving and to reduce the number of crashes, fatalities and injuries on our highways.


Sheriff Terrell began the process of becoming State Certified in August of 2011. Habersham County Sheriff’s Office became State Certified in June of 2013. State Certification provides clear and concise written directives and policy to provide direction for everyone in the agency. It reduces liability on the Sheriff through diligent training on policies and mandates accountability as it is audited by the State of Georgia.


Sheriff Terrell was appointed to the Georgia Board of Public Safety in 2013 by Governor Nathan Deal and Re-Appointed by Governor Brian Kemp. Sheriff Terrell is a member of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association as well as the National Sheriff’s Association. He is also a member of International Association of Chiefs of Police. Sheriff Terrell’s vision for the future is based on over 24 years of Sheriff’s Office experience and developing close relationships with Habersham County communities, courts, and law enforcement agencies.


Habersham County Sheriff's Office

Command Staff

The Command Staff of the Sheriff's Office is composed of Division Heads and key personnel who are responsible for overall operations under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff. These people bring decades of valuable experience and knowledge to the daily operations of the Habersham County Sheriff's Office. They each have unique responsibilities and are accountable for the day-to-day operations.





Chief Deputy Murray Kogod obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 1986 and his law degree from Western New England College School of Law in 1989. He obtained his Georgia police certification in 1995, his Georgia P.O.S.T. General Law Enforcement Instructor certification in 1999, and graduated from the 202nd Session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2000. He has completed Levels 1 & 2 of the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute Management Development Program and is a graduate of the Leadership Habersham training program. Major Kogod has been an active member of the Georgia Bar for 30 years and is in his 26th year of law enforcement service.

Chief Deputy Kogod's responsibilities include assisting the Sheriff with the planning, controlling, and directing of the overall operation of this full-service law enforcement agency, serving as a general training instructor, and assisting with the preparation and presentation of the Sheriff’s Office budget.      

Major Kogod is also the executive director of the Georgia Alliance of School Resource Officers and Educators (GASROE). GASROE is a non-profit collaborative organization focused on school safety, involving the Habersham County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, the Georgia Department of Education, and the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

Major Kogod has been married to his wife Jennifer for 28 years and has two children- Brooklyn and Brantley.


MAJOR Les Hendrix


A graduate of East Hall High School, Major Leslie Hendrix began his Law Enforcement career with the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office in 2003. Promoted to Captain in 2012 becoming the Jail Commander and overseeing the daily operations of the jail and its staff. Major Hendrix also obtained his General Instructor Certificate in 2012. Major Hendrix and his wife Cherri are residents of Clarkesville and have a blended family of 5 children and 5 grandchildren.

Major Hendrix’ responsibilities include assisting the Sheriff and Chief Deputy with the planning, controlling and directing of the overall operation of this full-service law enforcement agency, serving as a general training instructor, and assisting with the preparation and presentation of the Sheriff’s Office budget.



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