Chief Deputy

Keith Brooks was appointed by Sheriff Joe Chapman to serve as the Chief Deputy for Walton County Sheriff’s Office in 2013. As the Chief Deputy, Keith Brooks is responsible for the overall operational efficiency of the Agency. The Chief Deputy ensures the agency is in compliance with all policies, procedures and regulations pertaining to the Sheriff’s Office and its 198 employees. The Chief Deputy is the primary liaison between the Sheriff and the six divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. As Chief Deputy, Keith is the senior advisor to Sheriff Chapman and assumes command of the Sheriff’s Office in absence of the Sheriff.


Employed by Sheriff Franklin Thorton in 1992, Chief Deputy Brooks has served in several managerial level positions throughout his law enforcement career. Moving from the duties of an entry level Deputy Sheriff, he progressed through the ranks to the rank of Major of the Uniform Patrol Division. Throughout his career he has been recognized as a high potential executive and has managed all aspects of law enforcement duties, both routine and crisis-related.


Chief Deputy Brooks holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Other education achievements include a Bachelor’s Degree from Troy University in Criminal Justice. Chief Deputy Brooks is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, an executive level program for law enforcement administration. Chief Brooks has completed both the Executive and Managerial Certification courses of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.


Keith, wife Stacie, and their two sons, are life-long residents of Walton County. A graduate from Monroe High School, he remains heavily involved in the community and local events.