Meet Jeff Mann
Jeffrey L. Mann was elected to the office of Sheriff of DeKalb County, Georgia on July 22, 2014 in a run-off election to fill the unexpired term of former Sheriff Thomas Brown. Prior to his election, Sheriff Mann served as Sheriff after being sworn in on March 1, 2014, after Sheriff Brown retired. He had been Chief Deputy, second in command, working shoulder-to-shoulder with Sheriff Brown for more than a decade, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Jail, Field, Court and Administrative Divisions, as well as the office’s $78 million dollar budget.
Sheriff Mann received his Bachelor of Political Science degree from the University of Illinois in 1987 after serving honorably for four years on assignments stateside and in Europe in the United States Air Force. In 1990, he graduated with his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Michigan Law School and went into private practice litigating employment and labor law in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1993, he recommitted to public service, joining the DeKalb County Law Department as an Assistant County Attorney. During his tenure, he served as the lead trial attorney for the DeKalb County CEO, the Board of Commissioners and the agency and department heads. The relationships he built with city, county and state leadership earned him respect and admiration.
Sheriff Mann began his career in law enforcement in 2001 when newly-elected Sheriff Brown asked him to serve as the new Director of Labor Relations and Legal Affairs. From that point, Sheriff Mann played a major role in implementation of strategies to rebuild the Office. In 2004, he was promoted to Chief of Staff, and later completed Law Enforcement Training, where he won both the top academic award and the top Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) award. In 2006, he was named Chief Deputy, the highest non-elected position within the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.
Since joining the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Mann has actively inspired, motivated and mentored the nearly 900 officers and support personnel under his command.
Throughout the law enforcement community and the metropolitan area, he is admired for his leadership skills and commitment to public service. A resident of Atlanta/DeKalb County, he is a member of Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain and a graduate of the Leadership DeKalb Class of 2000. He has served as the president of the DeKalb Lawyers Association and has been a mentor for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program of Atlanta. He maintains his membership with the State Bar of Georgia as well as the DeKalb County Bar Association.