805 Professional Blvd
Dalton, GA 30720
(706) 278-1233








Whitfield County Detention Center

Position and Rank Structure:

The Detention Facility is a four story, 146,000 sq ft., 540 bed facility open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Detention Facility houses persons arrested by area Law Enforcement Agencies, which include the Whitfield County Sheriffs Office, Dalton Police Department, Tunnel Hill Police Department, Cohutta Police Department, Varnell Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, G.B.I., F.B.I. and the Local Office of the I.N.S.

The Detention Facility operates 12 hour shifts, work one week 80 hours and off one week. There is a total of 9 Sergeants in the Detention Facility; a Sergeant is assigned to supervise a particular section in the Detention Facility. The ninth Sergeant is a person who has to be very versatile because it is their duty to become the shift supervisor when the regular shift supervisors are on holiday, vacation, sick or away at training.

There are a total of 81 staff members this includes, nurses, food service, detention staff, inmate work supervisors, central control staff, commissary staff and administrative staff.

The Detention Facility maintains an outside public service work crew. The work crew keeps most of the local cemeteries mowed during the summer, and at other times they clean litter from the county road right a ways. Case law does not permit this crew to work on any properties, which are privately owned.

The Correctional Center also maintains its own medical staff consisting of two nurses and a physician assistant who stays in contact with the physician on a daily basis, with visits from the physician on a weekly basis. Sick call is held daily and the staff will see and treat approximately 200 inmates per month.

The Correctional Center serves 3 meals a day to an average of 400 inmates, which totals to 1200 meals per day, 438,000 meals per year. Three full time cooks who are assisted by selected trustees from the facility prepare these meals. During the course of a regular day the morning meal (breakfast) and the noon meal (Lunch) are served hot with the evening meal is called a cold meal because it consists of sandwiches and desert. All menus meet or exceed all of the daily requirements of calorie intake and special meals are provided upon request for persons with medical conditions or religious preference.

Also falling under the supervision of the Detention Facility is the Central Control Section. In this area is where the public goes to obtain information about any family members who are incarcerated, to get approval for bonds, answering and directing all phone calls coming into the Sheriff’s Office, controlling the security of the Detention Facility by maintaining the control panels which allows persons thru all secured doors in the facility, operations of the Georgia Crime Information Center / National Crime Information Center and to greet the public and to help them in anyway possible.

Central Control consists of eight staff members and one Sergeant and all work random shifts and hours.

Persons interested in employment opportunities should know:

Benefits include: Retirement plan, vacation, holidays, and sick leave. Medical insurance is available for employees and for dependents at a reasonable price. Other insurance’s available: Dental, Life, disability, etc.

Applications can be completed at the Board of Commissioners Office located at the Courthouse annex at 301 W Crawford St. Applications can also be completed online at the Whitfield County Website. Click on Employment Opportunities and follow the directions.

Other interesting web sites:

American Jail Association

National Institute of Corrections

Inmate Handbook