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"I've successfully led my company through three major crises: the 2008 Recession, the pandemic, and film & TV industry strikes. Now, as the sheriff's office faces a humanitarian and financial crisis, my unique background as a 37-year law enforcement veteran and CEO of a private security firm makes me the only candidate equipped to lead in such challenging times. 

With a nearly $200 million budget at stake, my experience as a 'Law Enforcement CEO' is essential. I am committed to using this expertise to stop preventable deaths in the jail and ensure responsible use of your tax dollars."

James "J.T." Brown
For Fulton County Sheriff


Protecting Every Tax Dollar
Don't get taxed out of the county!      I WILL get the budget back under control. This election is about having accountability for every dollar spent. I WILL work with our Board of Commissioners to make fiscally sound decisions with our county's future in mind. I WILL provide solid deliverables and verifiable results. I WILL not spend your tax dollars on waste or pay-for-play. I WILL be the taxpayers' watchdog.     



Turning Around Our Jails
It is un-American for any of us to stand by while an astronomical number of preventable deaths are occurring in our county jails, which are now under DOJ investigation. I WILL turn the jail around with proper staffing and by allocating your tax dollars for their intended purposes. I WILL restore humane conditions within the jail to a federally compliant, livable, and safe space for all: detainees, contractors, incarcerated persons, and staff.


Restoring Public Safety
Fulton, I WILL collaborate with justice partners to support crime prevention, create programs for our youth, and decrease the recidivism rate for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons. I will divert mentally ill persons to the proper resources so they won't die in our jails. Diversion programming is the key. And, I WILL collaborate with our local law enforcement agencies on joint task forces to reduce crime. 




James “J.T.” Brown is a law enforcement veteran and the owner of a private security firm with thirty-seven years of service in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. He is a “Law Enforcement CEO.” Brown, a native of Detroit, Michigan, moved to Atlanta in 1980 to attend the prestigious Morehouse College.

“I'm the only candidate who's worked in all major divisions. I will coordinate all the divisions to WORK TOGETHER. This is one way I'll make it better.” 

Brown graduated from Morehouse in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Soon after, he joined the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office where he served under six sheriffs in all three major divisions: Jail, Courts, and Law Enforcement. Brown says, “Yes. I went from Morehouse to the jailhouse.” Working under six sheriffs allowed Brown to witness, firsthand, a variety of leadership styles. “I developed my personal leadership style by observing what worked and what didn’t work. I have a clear understanding of what it takes to build strong cohesive teams, motivate individuals, and lead an organization. My experience in all three major divisions allows me to understand the connectivity of the entire agency because the jail is not the sheriff’s only responsibility,” says Brown.
As a Georgia POST Certified Instructor (2000), Brown also taught at the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center. In 2001, Brown earned his Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. In 2005, he was elected to the Fulton County Grievance Board. The same year, Brown became one of the County’s first deputies trained by the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) on crisis intervention. "So many law enforcement duties involve interacting with the mentally ill. My training provided the necessary tools to de-escalate volatile situations without incident. Protecting the public with compassion is not just an orator’s production; it’s something I wholeheartedly believe in,” says Brown.
After serving in the Sheriff’s Office from 1986 to 2006, Brown transitioned to serve as a Fulton County Reserve Officer until his career retirement in December 2022. Brown built a successful private security firm, which he has led for 19 years. “I led my company through three major crises: The Recession of 2008, the pandemic, and the Film & TV Industry Strike. Currently, the sheriff’s office is in a humanitarian and financial crisis. I am the only candidate with experience leading an organization, successfully, through defining moments,” says Brown.

"Brown became one of the County's first deputies trained by the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) on crisis intervention (CIT)."

JT BROWN at Morehouse
In 2021, Brown earned the private security industry’s highly esteemed and distinguished certification, Certified Protection Professional (CPP), through the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS, International). A lifelong learner, Brown completed a doctoral program in Management and Organizational Leadership (ABD). Brown says, “I am the only challenger in this race who holds a college degree and the only challenger with business experience commensurate with the duties of the sheriff. I am prepared to be your next sheriff.”
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Brown enjoys community service and philanthropy. He was elected to the Executive Board of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for three consecutive years. As a member, he assists in voter registration drives, youth mentoring initiatives, food and clothing drives, and fundraisers that support non-profit organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Peace Corps, and March of Dimes. Since 2004, he has served as a Patient Volunteer at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home in Atlanta. He supports community outreach and service initiatives as a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. "I've always had a heart for service. My mother was a social worker, and my grandparents were educators. You can say service is a part of who I am. It’s in my DNA.”
Brown resides in Sandy Springs, GA with his wife of 19 years. He has three adult children and a teenage son, who is a senior at Riverwood, a Fulton County School. He will attend Morehouse College this fall.


"The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office runs like a small bustling city. The next sheriff, given the enormity of the responsibilities, must have CEO experience. 
I am the only challenger who holds a college degree and experience commensurate with the duties of the sheriff."  


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