Muscogee County Sheriff - Chief Deputy John L. Fitzpatrick

The Chief Deputy of Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office is the highest, non–elected official and is the second in command of the Sheriff’s Office. The Chief Deputy is responsible for the overall operation of the Sheriff’s Office, including all divisions and is the commanding officer of all of the employees.

Chief Fitzpatrick has lived in Columbus most of his life. He attended Columbus High School, and earned his GED diploma from the District of Columbia. He has been with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office for over 23 years.

Chief Fitzpatrick started his career with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office as a Jailer on August 3, 1985; he was then promoted to Deputy on April 1, 1989. Chief Fitzpatrick obtained the rank of Sergeant on January 30, 1993, and then he was promoted to Lieutenant on April 1, 2000.

On January 1, 2009 Chief Fitzpatrick was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy. Chief Fitzpatrick is the first African–American to obtain the rank of Chief Deputy for the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Fitzpatrick graduated from Troy State University and the Command College at Columbus State University.

Chief Fitzpatrick’s previous experience includes being a Squad Commander, Grievance Officer, Peer Counselor, working in Recorder’s Court, and Chaplain Services.