Sheriff Wayne Hannah - Introduction by Jack Smith

Sheriff Wayne Hannah has worked at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office his entire adult life. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in October, 1974 as a communications officer (dispatcher) for then Sheriff James Jones. He worked every imaginable shift between that date and May 1976, when he was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff and began to patrol Fayette County. He graduated from the Clayton County Police Department’s Police Academy in June, 1977.

On January 1, 1977, Sheriff Hannah was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff again by his predecessor Sheriff Randall Johnson. When Sheriff Johnson took office, then Deputy Sheriff Hannah was one of 14 members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Today, Sheriff Hannah continues his lengthy service in Fayette County, a tenure eclipsed by only one other member of the Sheriff’s Office—Lieutenant Francis Cavender.

Sheriff Hannah was promoted to Corporal in February, 1979 in the Uniform Patrol Division and assumed responsibility for the supervision of all of the department’s dispatchers. He continued to supervise the department’s dispatchers until 1996 when that function of the department was transferred to the newly created Consolidated E-911 Communications Department.

Sheriff Hannah continued to move up the ranks of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s Uniform Patrol Division. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1981, then to Lieutenant in 1982. In December, 1983, he was promoted to Captain and made commander of the Uniform Patrol Division. In 1988, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was re-organized into five divisions and Captain Hannah was appointed as Director of the newly created Traffic Enforcement and Training Division. In March, 1993, Captain Hannah was promoted to the rank of Major. In March of 2003 Major Hannah was promoted to Lt. Colonel and continued to command the Traffic Enforcement Division until assuming office as Sheriff of Fayette County on January 1, 2009.

Sheriff Hannah continues to serve on various boards and committees representing Fayette County Sheriff’s Office around the County and the State. He currently serves on the Fayette County 911 Advisory Board, the Fayette County Board of Education Law Enforcement/Educators Committee, and the Metro Atlanta Traffic Enforcement Network. Sheriff Hannah is a member of the National Sheriff's Association, the Georgia Sheriff's Association, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. In September, 2011, Sheriff Hannah completed the 101st session of the National Sheriffs' Institute (NSI) held in Longmont, Colorado. The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. This program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections and the National Sheriff's Association. Sheriff Hannah is the first sheriff of Fayette County to graduate from the NSI. 

Sheriff Hannah has lived in Fayette County most of his life. He moved to Fayette County with his parents, Charlotte and Clarence, in 1969 and attended the 8th grade at the renovated school building in Tyrone. He then attended Fayette County High School where he graduated in 1974.

Wayne has a grown daughter from a previous marriage and has two grandchildren, Hannah and Kendall. Wayne and his wife Deborah live in the eastern part of Fayette County. They are both members of McDonough Road Baptist Church.


Special Guests today include:

  •  Deborah Hannah, wife of Sheriff Hannah
  •  Major Bryan L. Woodie, Fayette Co. Sheriff's Office
  •  Brandon Perkins, Chief of Police, Tyrone Police Department
  •  H.C. "Skip" Clark II, Chief of Police, Peachtree City Police Department
  •  Sam Sweat, Deputy Superintendent of Fayette County Schools
  •  Scott Ballard, District Attorney Griffin Judicial Circuit
  •  Ed Collins, Chief Marshall of Fayette County