Sheriff Clinton took office on December 14, 2007 after a
special election.  He was re-elected to office in November,
2008 without contest, and again in 2012.  Sheriff Clinton is a
member of the:

  • National Sheriffs' Association
  • Georgia Sheriffs' Association
  • Georgia Jail Association
  • Constitutional Officer's Association of Georgia
  • Gideons International
  • an honorary Rotarian

Sheriff Clinton served on the Georgia Sheriffs' Association
Training and Standards Committee from 2008 - 2012, when he
was elected to serve 22 counties in the north Georgia area on
the executive board of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association as
Region III Vice President during the 2012 sheriffs' summer
training conference.  Sheriff Clinton continues to serve in this
capacity.  As well, Sheriff Clinton currently serves as the Vice
Chairman of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement
Office (ARDEO).

Sheriff Clinton is highly involved in community outreach and
has been a guest speaker at many local events sponsored by
groups such as the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Towns County
Historical Society, Towns County Schools, Towns County
GOP, numerous home owners associations, and others.  
Sheriff Clinton also participates in education programs
designed to educate the citizens, such as:

  • Refuse to be a Victim
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Institute of Continued Learning at Young Harris College
  • Citizen Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA)

Sheriff Clinton and his family participate in several charitable
events including hosting an annual fund raiser for the
Georgia Sheriffs' Youth homes, American Cancer Society,
Rotary Reverse Raffle and other public and private fund
raisers for local families.  

Sheriff Clinton's professional background includes:

  • patrol deputy
  • detective
  • lieutenant of a Criminal Investigations Division.  During
    this time Chris was also assigned to a special weapons
    and tactics (SWAT) team as both an entry team member
    and a counter-sniper
  • Sheriff 2007-present

During his tenure as sheriff, Clinton has successfully
managed a $535,000 drug grant, which created four local jobs
at the Towns County Sheriff's Office, purchased much-needed
equipment, and was instrumental in the fight against drugs in
Towns County.  The Department of Justice grant was awarded
in 2009.  

Sheriff Clinton's training includes:

  • National Sheriffs' Institute training
  • Police Supervision Training
  • Command Staff Training
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Forensic Interviewing
  • Sex Crimes Investigations
  • Death Investigations, Special
  • Weapons and Tactics
  • Police Countersniper I & II
  • Search and Seizure for Drug Cases
  • Drug Diversion Investigations
  • Forensic Art Techniques
  • DWI detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Two-time graduate of the Bill Rogers' Shooting School
  • Advanced Traffic Law
  • Child Passenger Safety

He is certified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Division
of Forensic Sciences as a
Marijuana Identification Expert.  

He also holds certifications from
Corner House and Finding
Words Georgia
for forensic interviewing of child victims.  

Sheriff Clinton is a graduate of:

  • Northeast Georgia Police Academy (2001)
  • Georgia Sheriffs'-Elect Academy (2008)
  • Thomas University, Thomasville, Georgia (2010)

Sheriff Clinton is 47 years old and has been married to his
wife Crystal Goodwin Clinton for 17 years.  They have three
children and attend Calvary Chapel.  Sheriff Clinton and his
wife also enjoy playing music.  They have performed together
and separately for many local charities including Jam the
Need, a benefit to raise money for the hungry, and Sunshine
Kids, a benefit for children with cancer, a charity event for
Towns County Sheriff's deputy, Aaron Deyton, who was
stabbed in the line of duty, the American Cancer Society, and
the Rotary Reverse Raffle fund raiser.  Sheriff Clinton is also
an accomplished songwriter affiliated with BMI, and has
composed and recorded several songs.  Sheriff Clinton
released his debut album, The Last Fair Deal, in October, 2014,
which is available for download worldwide on such digital
distributors as iTunes, Google Music, Rhapsody, Amazon, etc.  
Sheriff Clinton is also writing a book of stories of his

Sheriff Clinton attended Towns County High School and
played football under Coach Arvil Holmes.  His love of football
has spilled over into his adult life.  He has assisted in
coaching in the Towns County Youth Football League.

Sheriff Clinton's family roots in Towns County have existed
from the county's beginnings.  His great, great, great, grand
parents, John and Sara Nichols lived in Tate City when it was
still considered part of Rabun County.  His great grand
parents, Claude and Mary Nicholson, are still remembered
fondly by many in the community.  His grandparents are
Harold and the late Simone Nicholson of Hiawassee, and Nell
Harrison and the late Clifford Clinton of Douglasville,
Georgia.  His parents are Mike and Shirley Clinton.
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