Muscogee County Sheriff's Office
Chief Deputy Garry Moore

Chief Deputy Garry Moore

Education: Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University; BAS Resources Management from Troy University; Graduate of Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, from Columbus State University; Completed the Georgia FBI-LEEDS (Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar). Graduate of Kendrick High School in Columbus, GA.

Professional Careers: Georgia Bureau of Investigation (Retired Inspector) - 26 years; U.S. Air Force (Retired) 23 years combined active and reserve service.

Professional Affiliations: Past President of the Peace Officers Association of Georgia (POAG); Adjunct Criminal Justice and Public Administration Professor; Completed the 125th Professional Education Series of GILEE; Past Executive Board member of Georgia P.O.S.T.; Senior P.O.S.T. Instructor; Master Facilitator for the D.A.R.E. Program.


Lieutenant Colonel John Darr

Lieutenant Colonel John Darr

John Darr was born in Fort Benning, GA in 1966 and attended Hardaway High School and Columbus State University. He joined the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office in 1988 serving across multiple divisions to include Fugitive Apprehension Division, the Jail Division, Patrol Division, Court Division and Investigative Division. He was elected Sheriff of Muscogee County in 2008, holding the office until 2016. He served with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office for over 28 years and possesses a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills. He implemented several programs and dormitories at the Muscogee County Jail, to include the Fatherhood Dorm, GED Dorm and Veterans Dorm, in a successful drive to reduce the recidivism rate (the number of people who return to jail).


Commander Larry Mitchell – Jail Division

Commander Larry Mitchell – Jail Division

Commander Larry Mitchell began his career with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office as a jailor on December 7, 1985. Major Mitchell progress through the ranks as a Deputy in 1989, Sergeant (1992), Lieutenant (1993), Captain (2007) and Major on October 9, 2015. His previous experience includes being a Squad Commander, Chief Clerk of Recorders Court, Assistant Warden (Security), and Administrative Bureau Commander. Commander Mitchell is a graduate of Troy State University. Larry Mitchell was appointed as Commander of the Muscogee County Jail in April of 2018.


Major Larry Parker, Jr. – Administrative Division

Major Larry Parker, Jr. – Administrative Division

Larry Parker, Jr., was hired by the Columbus Police Department in 1986. He began his career as a Patrol Officer in October 1986. As a Patrol Officer, he served in the Patrol Division and Metro Narcotics Task Force. In 1991, he was promoted as a Detective, while working in the Metro Narcotic Task Force. After his promotion to Sergeant (1993), he served in the Patrol Division, Swing Shift Patrol / D.U.I. Task Force, Tactical Operation Squad, Desk Services (Support Services), and Special Operations Unit (Vice / Narcotics Unit). He transferred to the Muscogee County Marshal's Office and was promoted to Lieutenant in February 2009 and assigned to Field Services and 911 Center. In January 2010, he was promoted to Captain and continued his current duties. In 2014, he was transferred to Administrative Services / Court Services until December 2020. Sheriff Countryman promoted Larry Parker, Jr., to the rank of Major who is assigned to Administrative Service Bureau. He will be responsible to Human Resources, Criminal Warrant and Civil Division for Municipal and Magistrate Court, Pre-Trial Release Program, Sex Offenders Unit, Credentialing / Security for the Government, Citizen Service Building, Civic Center and the Columbus Trade Center, and Community Relations Outreach Program.

Larry Parker, Jr., has a Master of Science in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Columbus State University, Graduate of Georgia Regional Command College – Class 40, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Minor in Management from Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi. Completed the Georgia F.B.I. – LEEDS (Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminars).


Major Curtis Lockette – Courts and Uniform Services Division

Major Curtis Lockette – Courts and Uniform Services Division

Education: Master of Science in Public Administration from Columbus State University, Graduate of the Georgia Regional Command College (Class 29) and he received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama. He completed the Georgia FBI-LEEDS (Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar) and is a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified Instructor.

Professional Careers: Columbus Police Department (1989-2005), the Muscogee County Marshal's Office (2005-2020), and Columbus State University Adjunct (2009-Present)

Civic Organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Continuum of Care (CoC) Board Chair, Home for Good Board, Safe Kids of Columbus Volunteer, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and the Police Officers Association of Georgia (POAG).

Duties: Uniform Patrol Division, Court Services Division, Training Division


Major Steve Sikes – Special Operations Division

Major Steve Sikes – Special Operations Division

Major Steven M. Sikes grew up in Muscogee County and graduated from Hardaway High School in 1987. He played baseball at Chattahoochee Valley Community College and received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He then attended Troy State University where is obtained a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. He attended Executive Leadership training in 2014 hosted by FBI-LEEDA.

Major Sikes joined the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office in May of 1990. He has worked in the Detention Bureau, I.D. section, Patrol Division, Metro Narcotics Task Force and Criminal Investigations. He assisted with the 1996 Olympic games as well as the flood in Americus and Albany Georgia. He has been a member of the Mayor's Copper Theft Task Force and the Columbus Housing Authority Security Task Force.

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September of 2001 and assigned to the Field Services Division. He was assigned as the Commander of the Criminal Investigative Unit in 2007 and promoted to Lieutenant March of 2009. He remained the Commander of the Criminal Investigative Unit until his promotion to Captain in February of 2017 and became second in command in the Operations Bureau. In November of 2019, he was promoted to Major in the Operations Bureau. He works closely with the United States Marshal's Services Columbus Office, the United States Marshal's South East Region Fugitive Task Force, the DEA as well as many other federal and state law enforcement agencies.

Duties: Criminal Investigations / Felony Apprehension / Intelligence Division, Special Operations and Specialized Units, Mobile Command Units and Strike Team


John Wade - Director of Community Affairs

John Wade - Director of Community Affairs

Director Wade is a former Police Director, with over 27 years of law enforcement experience. His assignments included: Executive Officer, Public Information Officer, Crime Prevention - Community Policing, Housing, Street Crimes - Narcotics, Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs, and several task forces targeting organized crime, and anti-terrorism. He considers the best six years of his career while serving as law enforcement coordinator of a former US Department of Justice crime suppression strategy that, as part of a holistic approach, involved law enforcement, community policing, neighborhood restoration, and prevention, intervention and treatment. Team strategy impacts under his command during that time attributed to a 50% drop in crime within public housing, an overall 30% drop in citywide crime, and recognized as Best Practices at the federal, state, and local levels.

Director Wade is a Veteran of the US Air Force, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration and a Masters of Administrative Sciences Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has completed Police Executive Leadership and Command College training through Penn State University, DEA and FBI – LEEDA.

As the Director of Community Affairs, Director Wade serves as the Public Information Officer for MCSO, addresses sensitive and confidential law enforcement issues from a non-sworn perspective, and establishes and maintains diplomatic relations with public safety officials, city and elected officials, faith based organizations, advocacy groups, non profits, schools, community organizations, homeowners associations, and residents to promote partnerships that are mutually beneficial to the MCSO and the community, as a whole.


Major Joe McCrea

Major Joe McCrea

Major Joe McCrea is a life-long resident of Columbus, graduating from Baker High School. Major McCrea started with the Sheriff's Office in June 1979. During his tenure, he has served in patrol, investigations, and administration. Major McCrea currently oversees Special Projects and Accreditation.

Education: Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University; BS in Criminal Justice from Columbus State University, and Graduate of Georgia Law Enforcement Command College (Class 3) at Columbus State University

Professional Career: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office 1981-2009, Director of Public Safety, St. Francis Hospital 2009 – 2017, Muscogee County Sheriff's Office 2017 – Present and Adjunct Professor at Columbus State University 2001 – Present.

Affiliations: Member Fraternal Order of Police and Member Peace Officers Association of Georgia (POAG).