The Cherokee County Marshal's Office was established in 1991 in the city of Canton, Georgia located approximately 50 miles north of Atlanta. The agency was originally created by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners for the enforcement of county codes. At present, the Cherokee County Marshal's Office incorporates five divisions: Code Enforcement, Animal Control, Animal Shelter, E 9-1-1, and Emergency Management.
The Cherokee County Marshal's Office is not a traditional law enforcement agency. Although it provides support to other law enforcement agencies within Cherokee County, emergency services are not a primary function of this agency.
The Code Enforcement Unit provides enforcement of county ordinances and Georgia state law. They also provide security to other county-operated departments when necessary.
The Animal Control Unit enforces county ordinances and state laws as they relate to domestic animals. Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is responsible for coordinating the County's preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery efforts.
The Animal Shelter's mission is to encourage and respect the animal-human bond while anticipating and providing services that ensure public health and safety through the proper promotion of animal welfare. We seek to fulfill our mission through proactive animal control enforcement, quality education in recognizing and preventing animal cruelty, and the enactment of progressive humane initiatives to relieve animal suffering. We also provide care and placement for unwanted animals through quality adoptions, licensed rescue, foster, and transport programs.
E 9-1-1 serves as the communications link between the public and emergency responders serving Cherokee County. They strive to receive and relay information in the shortest, most accurate form while ensuring the public safety of Cherokee County citizens.
EMA provides support to local officials, businesses, and citizens to plan and prepare before disasters occur. EMA also coordinates with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private entities to develop, maintain, and implement the Cherokee County Emergency Operations Plan.
The current estimated service population for Cherokee County is approximately 235,900 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Marshal's Office generally operates using a Monday through Friday schedule, while utilizing a rotating on-call schedule for nights and weekends. Enforcement throughout the county is accomplished by dividing the county into zones appropriate to the number of officers in the field. There are currently five Deputy Marshals and six Animal Control Officers covering the service area. The Deputy Chief, one Lieutenant and two Sergeants, manage both divisions. The Major manages the State Certification and, National Accreditation with CALEA. Training and recruiting is managed by our Captain. The Cherokee County Marshal's Office also includes two civilian employees who provide administrative support.