Maj. Kevin Head left the Hall County Sheriff’s Office as a lieutenant in 2012. He returns as a major and member of the streamlined two-man command staff, heading the Administrative Bureau.
A graduate of North Georgia College & State University, Head served an internship at the Sheriff’s Office while he was a student. That led to his employment as a deputy in 1987 at age 21.
“I kind of grew up at the Sheriff’s Office. I’ve established a lot of roots there and know a large number employees,” he said.
Head stayed with the department until he was 50, working as an investigator, investigative sergeant and leaving as lieutenant assistant commander in criminal investigation.
Last May, he left the sheriff’s office to serve as deputy chief of the newly established Hall County Probation Services Department.
Hall County Court Administrator Reggie Forrester said Head did an outstanding job in his role.
“He basically ran the day-to-day operations of our probation department,” Forrester said. “While we’re certainly proud of his new job, we hate to lose him at the same time,”
Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal echoed those sentiments.
“Kevin Head is one of the finest law enforcement officers I know,” Deal said. “He is level-headed and intelligent. He understands people and how to work with them.
“I have known Kevin since the mid ’90s. I observed him in his roles as investigator, sergeant and lieutenant. He is a good law enforcement officer and supervisor. Kevin also sits on the drug court team as the law enforcement representative, so he has a wealth of experience.”
Head said the job was a good experience for him as well.
“It was a tough choice leaving,” he said. “I really enjoyed the probation atmosphere; It was a good atmosphere, and it was running well.”
But Head said he couldn’t resist an offer from Sheriff Gerald Couch — who he knew throughout his time in criminal investigations — to return to the office and people he knew so well.
As Administrative Bureau leader, Head is in charge of office business with the courthouse, the jail and the majority of the office’s administrative functions, including standards, records and day-to-day reports.
“We have very good officers that work with us: Capt. Chris Matthews over there at the courthouse, (Capt.) Danny Woods at the detention center,” he said.
Head said he hopes to be a good supervisor, as he has had the “pleasure of working with a lot of very good supervisors in my time,” he said.
On his first night working patrol, the lieutenant shift officer stressed a tenet often recited, but sometimes forgotten, known as The Golden Rule.
“He said, ‘Kevin, treat people the way you expect to be treated, and you’ll do fine,’” he said.
That philosophy has held water for him, Head says.
“Even when you deal with people in our situations, nine of 10 times, they’re going to give you the same back,” he said. “Whether you’re dealing with the public or dealing with inmates, that’s just a good overall philosophy, not just for work but for life.”