City of Dahlonega Welcomes New City Marshal
The City of Dahlonega is pleased to announce the hiring of Jefferson “Jeff” D. Branyon as its next City Marshal, which is a historic position which is being reactivated. Jeff is well known and widely respected in the north Georgia law enforcement community having served positions with Clarke, Hall and Lumpkin counties, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Gwinnett County. He leaves Gwinnett after managing its Crime Scene Investigations Unit for seven years. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is currently attending the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College Executive Program at Columbus State University, where he is pursuing his Masters in Law Enforcement Administration.
The Dahlonega Marshal serves to enforce City Ordinances and coordinate with and support Public Safety efforts of other local, area and state law enforcement agencies. Historically, the position has existed since the 1830s when it was first held by William Pierce Price, Sr, father of the founder of North Georgia Agricultural College. A long line of law enforcement officers have served the City in this capacity. As examples James Harbison served for 25 years or more before 1903 and Sheriff Stacy Jarrard held the position prior to becoming Sheriff.
Jeff and his wife of 26 years, Jodi, have three children of college and high school age. Jeff’s interests outside work include coaching mountain biking and cycling. Please join us in making Jeff and his family welcome to the community.