Donald Ferguson, Sheriff of Rockdale County 2020

"Community Safety & Proactive Enforcement": 

Innovative Strategic Vision & Preventive Policing Programs for Rockdale County Georgia! 

As Sheriff, I will ensure that Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office take advantage of various federal law enforcement grant opportunities that will place the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office among national recognized law enforcement organizations as a National Accredited Agency in 21st century policing.

 Donald Ferguson born in Savannah, Georgia in 1958, started his career in criminal justice when he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and in Criminal Justice from the University of West Georgia and began working as a full time Deputy Sheriff, in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Jail Bureau, ensuring that detained inmates were safely guarded and received a good quality of life upon release. In 1987, Ferguson was promoted to the rank of Sergeant while assigned to the Jail Bureau. In 1991 received his General and Advance Instructor Certification Training becoming a statewide trainer for the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. Ferguson was later transfer to the Training Division at the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center as an Instructor, the Academy’s Supervision and Management Program Coordinator, and Office Manager. During his tenure as Sergeant, Ferguson was responsible for coordinating and training more than 1,000 officers in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office on matters of Supervision, Management, Administrative Management, Instructional Training Liability, Health & Wellness, and CPR. Ferguson researched, developed, and implemented curriculum's based on federal, state, and local laws. Coordinated and scheduled training for agency personnel throughout the state, ensuring that policies, procedures, and regulations are properly implemented. Ferguson, as the Sheriff’s Training Division office manager maintaining the daily operations of the training unit’s budget, inventory and specialized training programs. 

In 1993, Ferguson became a Certified American Red Cross and Privacy and Security (CHRIS) Training Instructor. In 1995, Donald became a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Certified Senior Instructor. In 1997, Ferguson became a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Certified Master Instructor. In 2002, Ferguson received accreditation and auditor training with the American Correctional Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Ferguson has received numerous assessors training, in which he has aided other law enforcement agencies on accreditation and promotional assessments. In addition, Ferguson developed and conducted the very first Administrative Management, Special Event Planning and Management Symposium for the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center. In the areas of training, Ferguson implemented a training program to meet the interest and needs of the entire Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in an effort to train all employees, not just specific divisions. This has included cultural diversity, civil liability, managerial leadership, community resources, and mandated instructional training. Ferguson was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999 and became the Day Watch Unit Commander and Field Training Coordinator for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Service and Patrol Division. Ferguson was responsible for the enforcement of federal, state and local laws, civil and criminal process.

Ferguson was transferred to the Planning and Research Division in 2001 as the Jail Bureau’s Accreditation Manager, Ferguson, was responsible for the Jail Bureau’s departmental policy, procedure development and compliance with accredited standards. In 2001, Ferguson was promoted to Senior Lieutenant, while assigned to the Planning and Research Division. In 2002, Ferguson was instrumental in the Jail Bureau receiving its initial accreditation and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office being the twenty-third agency in the nation to receive the Triple Crown Award from the National Sheriff’s Association for having three major accreditation's simultaneously, and the first in the state of Georgia. In 2003, Ferguson, was promoted to Captain. Ferguson command the Planning and Research Division Commander and the agency’s Accreditation Manager. Ferguson was responsible for the agency’s accreditation, policy, procedure development, and compliance. Ferguson has two master’s degrees. In 2019, Ferguson received his Master of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and in 2008, Ferguson received his Master of Public Administration, MPA from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of West Georgia, in Carrollton, Georgia. In 2010, Ferguson was the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Training Director at the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center, College Park Georgia prior to his retirement after serving 25 years with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Donald Ferguson is eminently qualified for the Office Sheriff of Rockdale County in 2016. Ferguson, his a graduated from The Southern Police Institute 93rd (AOC) Administrative Officers Course, University of Louisville, The 29th class of The Georgia Law Enforcement Command College in Columbus, Georgia, The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration formally, The Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, and with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. 

Ferguson also served as a master training instructor in the administrative, managerial and supervisory instructional programs at the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center, teaching instructional liability, managerial liability, managing for the future, sexual misconduct among staff and inmates, inmate rights, community-oriented policing, and performance appraisal. In 2014, Ferguson has also serviced as the second vice-chair for the Heritage High School Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA) in Rockdale County Georgia. January 2015. Ferguson is a former high school and college track standout. Donald continues the enjoyment of coaching youth sports which he has since 1989, music, basketball, track, empowering the youth, and is a member of Springfield Baptist Church, Conyers, Georgia. Ferguson is the father of three adult children and a grandfather, Donald DeAndre’ Ferguson, Graduate of: Ga. Southern Univ., (General Studies), Kandace Sherrice Ferguson, Graduate of: Shorter University (MBA), Univ. of West Georgia (Marketing)], Darius DeShawn-Gregory Ferguson, Graduate of: Georgia State University (Political Science)], and grandfather of Riley Victoria Davis. Ferguson attributes his success to GOD, faith, family, friends, hard work, community servant-hood, and commitment.