Sheriff Keybo Taylor was elected Gwinnett County’s first African American Sheriff on November 3, 2020. Sheriff Taylor’s illustrious career in law enforcement was marked by many firsts.
A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Sheriff Taylor joined the Gwinnett County Police Department in 1983. His 27 years of law enforcement experience included serving in undercover investigations, which encompassed the Criminal Investigations Division and the Special Investigations Section. By 1994, 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. Taylor also served as a first-line supervisor in Special Operations (COPS Program) and Criminal Investigations (Narcotics Squad). In 2000, Taylor was promoted to Lieutenant and served as Unit Commander leading the Gwinnett County Drug Task Force. By 2007, Taylor received his appointment as Major; he was the first African American within the Gwinnett County Police Department to achieve the rank of Major. As Major, he managed both the East and South precincts.
Sheriff Taylor credits a major portion of his career advancement to his educational and professional development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Mercer University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He received 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.
Sheriff Keybo Taylor took office on January 1, 2021. Sheriff Taylor’s first days in office were marked by 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.
As a former volunteer football coach, Sheriff Taylor still enjoys football games and mentoring youths about positive decision-making through sports. He also enjoys spending time with his children, grandchildren, and the occasional game of golf.