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 two divisions: Code Enforcement, and Animal Control.
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.
The current estimated service population for Cherokee County is approximately 250,000 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 six Deputy Marshals and seven Animal Control Officers covering the service area. The Captain, one Lieutenant and two Sergeants, manage both divisions. The Captain also manages the day to day operations and oversees the State Certification and, National Accreditation with CALEA. Training and recruiting is managed by our Lieutenant. The Cherokee County Marshal's Office also includes two civilian employees who provide administrative support.