Roy Harris, the chief deputy in the Chatham County Sheriff’s office under the late Al St Lawrence, was sworn in as sheriff Wednesday morning by Chief Superior Court Judge Michael Karpf. Harris will remain sheriff until a special election can be held most likely in the March 1 primary.
Harris has a long career in law enforcement. He began his career in 1971 as a criminal investigator for the Army. He later served as a patrol officer before joining the Georgia Department of Public Safety. He retired from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2002 as a deputy director. From 2007-2010, he directed the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, where he retired again before becoming chief deputy of the sheriff’s office.