Be sure to join us for the next luncheon on November 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm at the 1818 Club in Duluth, Georgia.
The November luncheon will feature Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor.
Since taking command of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Keybo Taylor has committed himself to transforming the agency into one of the most accountable, transparent, and premier agencies of public safety. As Gwinnett County’s 45th and the 1st American-American elected to serve as the highest law enforcement officer in the county, Sheriff Taylor brings a diverse background, experience and passion for public safety.
Sheriff Taylor’s belief in service as the greatest gift anyone can have has guided his educational and professional decisions. He agrees with Dr. King that anyone can be great because service is an opportunity afforded to everyone.
A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Sheriff Taylor learned at an early age success is possible in a county as rich in resources as Gwinnett. His determination led him to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Mercer University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Understanding the importance of ongoing learning, Sheriff Taylor has future plans to continue his education and earn an additional advanced degree.
Sheriff Taylor’s fondness for service compelled him to join the Gwinnett County Police Department in 1983. His 26 years of law enforcement experience include serving in undercover investigations in the Criminal Investigations Division and the Special Investigations Section. By 1994, Sheriff Taylor was assigned to the FBI Drug Task Force. In 1995, he became the first African-American promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He continued his career as a supervisor in the Uniform Division. Sheriff Taylor also served as a first-line supervisor in Special Operations (COPS Program) and Criminal Investigations (Narcotics Squad). In 2000, he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as Unit Commander, leading the Gwinnett County Drug Task Force. By 2007, Sheriff Taylor received his appointment as Major, making him the first African-American within the Gwinnett County Police Department to achieve the rank of Major. As a Major, he commanded both the East and South Precincts.
Sheriff Taylor credits a major portion of his career advancement to his educational and professional development. He holds certification in Intermediate, Advanced, Supervision, and Management through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.). Sheriff Taylor is also a Certified General Post Instructor, a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College Class X, a graduate of the DEA Drug Unit Command Academy, and a certified Crisis Intervention Trainer. Understanding the positive impact that mentorship can have on others, Sheriff Taylor continues to share his knowledge and experiences with other law enforcement personnel. He understands the importance of mentoring current leaders and preparing the next generations of professionals who are interested in public safety careers.
Since assuming leadership on January 1, 2021, Sheriff Taylor’s commitments to the community were realized with an end to the 287(g) Program, the dissolution of the litigious Rapid Response Team, the installation of an Anti-Gang Unit, and the implementation of the Trafficking and Child Exploitation Unit. He has focused on doing what is right and for the right reasons instead of what is easy or convenient. Sheriff Taylor’s initiatives include accountability, community engagement, diversity, mental health intervention, training and recruitment, and technology enhancement.
Sheriff Taylor resides in his hometown of Lawrenceville, GA, with Linda, his wife of 36 years. They are the proud parents of two children and three grandchildren. He will continue to subscribe to the same work ethic of focused work and leading others with integrity and accountability. His vision is to make the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office the premier law enforcement agency in Georgia.
Please remember that, in accordance with the Gwinnett County Superior Court's order requiring masks for court hearings, GCBA requests that you wear a mask during meetings and luncheons if you are not eating or drinking. A zoom link will be e-mailed to all current members prior to the luncheon.