Sheriff Reginald B. Scandrett is the 29th and first African-American Sheriff to Henry County, Georgia. The inception of his tenure has presented challenges and growing pains. Yet, the many victories have strengthened the resolve of Sheriff Scandrett, his deputies and civilian staff. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office’s philosophy of one team, one mission ensures the implementation of his vision for unifying law enforcement with the community.
A career law enforcement officer, Sheriff Scandrett joined the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 as a detention officer and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility for over 30-years. He was Jail Division Commander for four years and retired as the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy in 2019. As Chief Deputy, he successfully managed Georgia’s largest triple crown accredited adult pre-trial detention facility. At some point of his career, he was responsible for managing all operations of the agency, which included the Jail Division, Field Division, Court Division, Training Division and Reserves Division.
He is certified in Basic Law Enforcement, Jail Management and Supervision, as well as Specialized Tactical and Operational Disciplines, including Special Weapons and Tactics Operations (SWAT), SWAT Command, SWAT Hostage Rescue and In-Custody Death Investigation, among others. He is a Georgia P.O.S.T. certified general instructor and an instructor in Taser, PPCT Defensive Tactics, Collapsible Baton and Impact Weapons.
Sheriff Scandrett is a founder of the Metro Atlanta Chief Jailors Group. In 1994, he received the Georgia Jail Association Outstanding Dedicated Service Award. He is a graduate of the Leadership DeKalb and Leadership Henry, respectively in 2014 and 2022. His peers elected him in 2016 as Vice-President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives – Georgia Chapter and he was the recipient of the auspicious City of Atlanta Phoenix Award in 2019.
The Sheriff is a graduate from St. Leo University with a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the Mercer University Public Safety Leadership Institute and the U.S. Department of Justice F.B.I. Defensive Tactics Instructor School.
A 29-year resident of Henry County, Sheriff Scandrett is married to Deidree, his high school sweetheart. Together, they have two sons, two daughters and one granddaughter.