DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann has named Major Reginald B. Scandrett as Chief Deputy Sheriff and Xernia Fortson, Esq. as Chief of Administration and Legal Affairs. Chief Deputy Scandrett, formerly Commander of the Jail Division, fills the post vacated in February by Sheriff Mann. Chief Fortson was Director of Administration and Legal Affairs.
Scandrett will now serve as second in command for all law enforcement operations of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office. As head of the DeKalb County Jail, he managed the state's largest pre-trial detention facility for four years. The facility houses an average 2,700 persons daily and processes more than 35,000 detainees each year. A career law enforcement officer, he joined the Office in 1990 as a Detention Officer and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility over the past 24 years.
A graduate of the Mercer University Public Safety Leadership Institute and the U.S. Department of Justice F.B.I Defensive Tactics Instructor School, Scandrett completed courses in management and jail supervision; SWAT Hostage Rescue; In-Custody Death Investigation; and Basic Law Enforcement. He is an instructor in Tasertron Electric Law Enforcement Technology, Georgia P.O.S.T.; and PPCT Defensive Tactics, Collapsible Baton, and Impact Weapons. He is founder of the Metro Atlanta Chief Jailors Group and a graduate of Leadership DeKalb. He created the annual multi-jurisdictional Operation Safe Streets Task Force and is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. In 1994, he received the Georgia Jail Association Outstanding Dedicated Service Award.
Fortson joined the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office in 2004 after serving in the DeKalb County Attorney's Office. Her responsibilities as Director of Labor Relations and Legal Affairs included oversight of the Human Resources and Information Technology sections, and more than $20 million in contracted services. As Chief, her expanded responsibilities include oversight of the Office of Professional Services, Training, Contract Management and Budgets.
A graduate of Emory University, Fortson received her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law in 1997. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the DeKalb Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Government Law, Employment Law, and Litigation Committees. A graduate of Leadership DeKalb, she served on the City of East Point Ethics Board and the Initiative for Affordable Housing, Inc. Board of Directors. She is author of "Recent Developments in Employment Law and Litigation" (2009) and "Recent Developments in Employment Law and Litigation - National Labor Relations Board" (2012) for the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal.
"We are fortunate to have experienced, committed and highly skilled professionals in these critical leadership positions," said Sheriff Mann. "Our public safety role in this community requires consistency in management philosophy and the ability to apply best practices. Both Chief Deputy Scandrett and Chief Fortson have demonstrated these attributes and contributed to our effectiveness as an agency. We hope to build on these strengths as we move forward."