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Sheriff promotes 2 as division commanders

POSTED: February 14, 2013 11:16 p.m.

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch on Thursday promoted two officers to captains and assigned them command positions.

Capt. Neal Bagwell is the new Patrol Division commander. He joined the sheriff’s office in 1989 as a detention officer in the jail and worked his way up the ranks, interrupted only by a brief stint as a narcotics investigator from 1994-95. He also served as Honor Guard commander from 1997-2008.

He graduated from Columbus State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and also is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and is a certified emergency medical technician. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1989-1992, deploying in support of Operation Desert Storm with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force as an ammunition/explosive ordnance disposal technician.

Capt. Sean McCusker is the new Criminal Investigations Division commander. McCusker began his career with the Georgia Department of Corrections, serving from 1993-1995 before joining the sheriff’s office as a detention officer.

Since then he has served in the Uniform Patrol Division as a patrol deputy and crime scene technician. He transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division in 2001 to serve as an investigator and later he served as a lieutenant in the Crimes Against Persons unit. McCusker also has served on the SWAT team since 2001.

McCusker graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and serves on the board of directors for Rape Response.

“I have the utmost confidence in the abilities of Capts. Bagwell and McCusker,” Couch said. “They both have a long track record of devotion and outstanding service not only to this department and their profession, but to the Hall County community.”


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