STOCKBRIDGE—Brian McGee says he will run for Henry County sheriff in 2020.
In a press release announcing his candidacy, McGee, a retired captain from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, said his top priority as Henry County Sheriff would be community safety. If elected, he said, he would “prioritize the protection of Henry County’s senior citizens, develop cross-functional law enforcement partnerships, work diligently to suppress crime, and develop youth and inmate literacy training programs.”
McGee praised Sheriff Keith McBrayer for upgrading equipment and promised to continue in that vein.
“For more than a decade, Henry County has had a stellar leader with sound judgement in Sheriff Keith McBrayer,” said McGee. “He’s set the standards high by escorting the department into a new technological era — upgrading squad car computers and incorporating iris scanners in the county jail booking process. He heard community concerns on lethal weapons and introduced tasers as a means of subduing suspects, adding firearms simulators for deputies to practice judgement calls. As sheriff, I plan to continue to build upon many of the programs and processes implemented during Sheriff McBrayer’s tenure.”
McGee was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army at the rank of sergeant and became a Fulton County Sheriff’s deputy in 1993. He became a fugitive investigator, “investigating and apprehending suspects wanted for murder, rape, aggravated assault, and other serious offenses within Georgia and neighboring states.”
He was then offered a special operations officer position with the Federal Protective Service, an agency of Homeland Security. There, McGee said, he “supervised over 200 security guards, forged partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies to conduct security risk assessments and reduce crime in and around federally owned properties and facilities throughout seven states—identifying waste, fraud and abuse.”
In 2001, McGee came back to FCSO, where he served as community outreach commander, building partnerships with civic and faith-based organizations, and created several youth-oriented programs. These included the Youth Intervention Program for at-risk youth, which was featured on A&E’s “Beyond Scared Straight,” the Life Learning Skills Program for youthful offenders in the Fulton County Jail, and served as trainer and instructor in the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program, which aims to reduce gang activity among middle- and high-school students. McGee also provided programs for seniors to learn how to avoid scammers, established a gun buyback program for Fulton County and facilitated monthly meetings between FCSO and local leaders.
As captain, McGee led the Field Operations Division of the Fulton County Jail System, managing daily operations of five of metro Atlanta’s busiest detention facilities, including 180 officers and over 3,000 inmates. He also ran the Grievance and Investigations Unit, cutting absenteeism by 46 percent and “improving employee morale.”
McGee said, “As a community servant, I bring integrity, leadership and experience. I am passionate about our community, our youth, positive programming, our citizens, and the well-being of all who enter Henry County. My 28 years of experience shows that I am driven by professional and ethical leadership, that I will not allow citizens to be fearful of violence, intimidation, and victimization. I have the experience to lead by example—your safety is paramount.”
McGee’s campaign website is www.McGeeForSheriff.com.