Biography | Accreditations
Donald Ferguson for Sheriff
Donald Ferguson born in Savannah, Georgia in 1958, started his
career in criminal justice when he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
and in Criminal Justice from the University of West Georgia and began working
as a full time Deputy Sheriff, in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Jail Bureau, ensuring that detained inmates were safely guarded and received
a good quality of life upon release. In 1987, Donald was promoted to the rank
of Sergeant while assigned to the Jail Bureau. In 1991 received his General
and Advance Instructor Certification Training becoming a statewide trainer
for the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
Donald was later transfer to the Training Division at the Fulton
County Public Safety Training Center as an Instructor, the Academy’s
Supervision and Management Program Coordinator, and Office Manager. During
his tenure as Sergeant, Donald was responsible for coordinating and training
more than 1,000 officers in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office on matters
of Supervision, Management, Administrative Management, Instructional Training
Liability, Health & Wellness, and CPR. Donald researched, developed, and
implemented curriculums based on federal, state, and local laws. Coordinated
and scheduled training for agency personnel throughout the state, ensuring
that policies, procedures, and regulations are properly implemented. Donald,
as the Sheriff’s Training Division office manager maintaining the daily
operations of the training unit’s budget, inventory and specialized
In 1993, Donald became a Certified American Red Cross and Privacy
and Security (CHRIS) Training Instructor. In 1995, Donald became a Georgia
Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Certified Senior Instructor.
In 1997, Donald became a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council
Certified Master Instructor. In 2002, Donald received accreditation and auditor
training with the American Correctional Association and the Commission on
Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agency’s.
Donald has received numerous assessors training, in which he
has provided assistance to other law enforcement agencies on promotional assessments.
In addition, Donald developed and conducted the very first Administrative
Management and Special Event Planning and Management Symposium for the Fulton
County Public Safety Training Center.
In the areas of training, Donald implemented a training program
to meet the interest and needs of the entire Sheriff’s Office and other
agencies in an effort to train all employees, not just specific divisions.
This has included cultural diversity, civil liability, Managerial Leadership,
community resources, and mandated instructional training.
Donald was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999 and became the Day
Watch Unit Commander and Field Training Coordinator for the Fulton County
Sheriff’s Office Warrant Service Division. Donald was responsible for
the enforcement of federal, state and local laws, civil and criminal process.
Donald was transferred to the Planning and Research Division
in 2001 as the Jail Bureau’s Accreditation Manager, Donald was responsible
for Jail Bureau departmental policy, procedure development and compliance
with accredited standards.
In 2001, Donald was promoted to Senior Lieutenant, while assigned
to the Planning and Research Division. In 2002, Donald was instrumental in
the Jail Bureau receiving its initial accreditation and the Fulton County
Sheriff’s Office being the twenty-third agency in the nation to receive
the Triple Crown Award from the National Sheriff’s Association for having
three major accreditations simultaneously, and the first in the state of Georgia.
In 2003, Donald was promoted to Captain. Currently, Donald is
assigned to the policy and accreditation unit at the Jail Bureau. Donald is responsible for the division’s accreditation, policy,
procedure development, and compliance.
On December 13, 2009, Donald obtained a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) Degree from Columbus State University.
Donald Ferguson is eminently qualified to be Sheriff of Rockdale
County. He holds executive level certifications from The Southern Police Institute
93 Administrative Officers Course, University of Louisville, The Southwestern
Law Enforcement Institute of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, and with the
Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Donald is currently attending The Georgia
Law Enforcement Command College.
Donald also serves as an instructor in the supervisory and managerial
instructional programs at the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center,
teaching managerial liability, Managing for the Future, Sexual Misconduct
among Staff and Inmates and Managerial Planning.
Donald is a former high school and college track standout. Donald
previously enjoyed coaching youth sports, which he has since 1989. Donald is the father of three children, Donald DeAndre (attending Georgia Southern Universirty), Kandace (attending University of West Georgia) and Darius (attending Lenoir-Rhyne University).
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