Responsibilities of the Sheriff
As a Law Enforcement Officer
The sheriff has the Responsibility of Protecting Life and Property and Preserving the Public Peace. This includes all law enforcement functions associated with those endeavors. The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in Muscogee County.
As an Officer of the Court
In addition to providing physical security in the courtrooms and building, the sheriff must serve as Bailiff to the Superior Court, or designate deputies to serve in that capacity. Bailiff duties include escorting juries to the courtroom, and if requested to do so, to their meals and hotel rooms. Bailiffs otherwise attend to the needs of the jury, and guard them against outside influences. The sheriff is charged with serving all court summonses, including subpoenas and civil process papers. In addition, the sheriff must execute all court-ordered levies on property to satisfy judgments- in court actions. The sheriff is also responsible for the transportation of mentally ill residents of his county to mental health emergency facilities.