Meet Jeff Johnson

Personal Biography

For over 31 years, Jeff Johnson has called Dawson County “Home”.

The son of a carpenter, Johnson initially followed in his father’s footsteps entering the construction field. However, it didn’t take Johnson long to heed the call to enter into the public safety arena; first with the Dawson County Fire Department where he served as a certified firefighter and first responder.

Johnson is a graduate of Dawson County High School and the University of North Georgia, as well as an Honors graduate of the Northeast Georgia Police Academy.

In his personal life, Johnson married his high school sweetheart, Lisa Hodge – a Dawson County native. Lisa is a long time employee of the Dawson County School System.

Jeff and Lisa were blessed with two sons, Zachariah (Zach) and Joshua (Josh).

Zach attended and graduated from Troy University where he played football for the Trojans. Zach married Gainesville native Whitney Brechter and resides in Alabama where he serves as a full time student minister.

Josh graduated from Dawson County High School in 2015 and is currently pursuing a degree in Health and Physical Education.

“I couldn’t imagine a better place for Lisa and I to raise our family. As your sheriff, one of my primary goals will be to ensure that future generations enjoy this same opportunity.”

Professional Highlights

Jeff Johnson currently serves as a Major in the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and is the Jail Commander, in charge of the Dawson County Detention Center.

Johnson originally began his law enforcement career with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in the early 90s. In 1996, Johnson embarked upon a lengthy stint with the Gainesville Police Department.

In 2004, Johnson came home to serve in Dawson County under the command of Sheriff Billy Carlisle. In 2009, Johnson assumed the duties of the Detention Commander, leading and managing the largest division in the agency.

In 2010, Major Jeff Johnson was named Georgia’s top Jail Commander by the Georgia Jail Association. In 2007, Johnson was named Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Year.

“Dealing with different cultures, ethnicities, and various demographic factors has taught me the value of interpersonal communications skills. In this day and time of civil unrest, Dawson County needs a sheriff able and capable of bridging these divides.”