Meet Our Staff
Sheriff Gary Long
Gary Long has nearly 17 years of law enforcement experience. During his career he has worked every aspect in the profession and specialized in Criminal Interdiction and Complex Drug Investigations. Gary has received numerous national awards for illegal narcotic seizures and was named “Officer of the Nation” in 2006. He has been declared an expert in the field of Criminal Interdiction through the Superior Court of Butts County.
Gary was elected Sheriff of Butts County and assumed office January 1, 2013. In the first six months in office, Gary has cut his budget nearly $600,000. Gary believes in transparency and strong community relations. He has proven this with the numerous community programs, Citizen's Advisory Board, and effective leaders throughout his office. Utilizing inmate labor and forfeited drug funds, Gary has renovated the Sheriff's Office, Jail, County Roadways, and is currently assisting other county departments, saving them money by lending inmate labor.
Gary is married to Robbie, a life-long resident of Butts County. They have three children, Lindsey, Garrett, and Scottie. Sheriff Long and family are members of Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia.
Chief Deputy Arthur White
Arthur White joined the Georgia State Patrol as a trooper cadet in 1977 and graduated from the 50th GSP Trooper School in May 1977. In 1987 he became the Corporal at Post 46, Conyers. In 1992, Chief White became the Assistant Post Commander (Sergeant) at Post 8, Madison and later became the Post Commander in 1993. After three years as Post Commander, Chief White became the Lieutenant, assistant to the Troop Commander, for Troop E. In 1997, he was promoted to Captain over Suspension and License Administrative Services. He later served as Major of the Driver Services Division, License Division, from 1999 to 2001. In 2002, he was promoted to Adjutant of the Special Operations Division. In 2005, Chief White was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner for the department and served faithfully in this capacity until he retired from the department on January 31, 2007.
On January 1, 2013 Arthur White took office with Sheriff Gary Long, appointed as the Chief Deputy.
Chief White assists Sheriff Long in daily operations, budgeting, and personnel of the Butts County Sheriff’s Office.
Chief White holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Albany State University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University.
Chief White resides in Jenkinsburg and is married to his lovely wife, Laverna. They have five children. He is a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church, the Butts County Friends of the Library Board, the local United Way, the Central EMC Board of Directors and several other local, civic and community organizations.
Major Erwin Smith
Major Erwin Smith started in Law Enforcement on January 1, 1988 as a patrolman at the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office. Major Smith served there from January 1, 1988 to February 15, 1990. In February 1990, Major Smith started working at the Butts County Sheriff’s Office. While working for the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Later, Major Smith was promoted twice more. The first time he was promoted to Sergeant in the Patrol Division and the second time to Lieutenant over the Warrant/Civil/Court Services Division. In January 2013 Sheriff Long appointed Erwin Smith to the rank of Major and made him part of his Command Staff over Field Operations.
Major Randy Wynn
Major Randy Wynn joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2013 bringing over 28 years of Law Enforcement Experience to the Butts County Sheriff’s Office. During his career, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and has worked in every aspect in Law Enforcement. Randy Wynn retired from Hapeville Police Department in 2003 as the director of Administrative Services. After retiring from the City of Hapeville, Randy was hired by the Butts County Board of Commissioners as director of Code Enforcement, Animal Control and Solid Waste. He’s currently appointed as Major of Investigative Services for Sheriff Gary Long. Major Wynn is husband to Maria Wynn, father to Justin Wynn and Brittany Wynn McKneely and “Papa” to two grandsons. He and his family attend Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia.
Captain Stewart Cawthon
Captain Stewart Cawthon’s career in Law Enforcement began at the Butts County Sheriff’s Office working the night shift as a detention officer in May 2009. After working over two and a half years in the jail, Captain Cawthon was moved to the day shift. On January 1, 2013 Sheriff Gary Long appointed Captain Cawthon to a Lieutenant over the Jail Division and was later appointed to Captain.
Captain Robert Smith
Captain Robert Smith began his career in Law Enforcement on February 17, 1983 as a patrolman. He was promoted to Sergeant over a Patrol Shift and worked in that capacity for ten years. In 1993, Captain Robert Smith was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division as an investigator. Within two years of being an investigator, Captain Smith was promoted to Sergeant, and was soon after promoted to Lieutenant of the C.I.D. Division. In January 2013, Robert Smith was transferred to Community Relations, and later was transferred to Warrants/Civil/Court Services where he was appointed to the rank of Captain.
Lieutenant Darrell Powers
Darrell Powers began his Law Enforcement career in 1997 as a jailer with the Green County Sheriff’s Office. He graduated with honors from the Northeast Georgia Police Academy. Darrell Powers was transferred to the Patrol Division and then to the Criminal Investigative Division, assigned to the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force. Darrell Powers climbed to the rank of Lieutenant over the Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team and K-9 Unit with the Green County Sheriff’s Office. Darrell Powers has received national awards for his efforts in Narcotics Enforcement, and has set record breaking cocaine seizures on I-20, east of Atlanta. Darrell Powers has over 2,000 hours of advanced training in the fields of criminal investigations, narcotics investigations, and is certified through the State of Georgia as a police instructor as well as a K-9 instructor. Darrell Powers has instructed law enforcement personnel across the nation, as well as local police academies. Darrell Powers has been declared an expert witness in the field of Narcotics Investigations in Georgia’s Superior Court. From 2008-2012, Darrell Powers was Captain of Criminal Investigations for the Taliaferro County Sheriff’s Office. On January 1, 2013 Darrell Powers joined the Butts County Sheriff’s Office with Sheriff Gary Long. Darrell Powers currently holds the rank of Lieutenant and commands both Criminal and Narcotics Investigations.
Lieutenant Jason Taylor
Lieutenant Jason Taylor started his career in Law Enforcement in January 2002 with the Clayton County Police Department. He quickly became fascinated with traffic enforcement and crash accident reconstruction pertaining to DUI drivers. As a result, he was assigned to the DUI task force with the Clayton County Police Department in November 2003 where he stayed for approximately one and a half years before being assigned to the H.E.A.T. Unit. LT. Taylor left Clayton County in February 2008 after deciding that there were better advancement opportunities with the Butts County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant in November 2009, where he worked for nearly four years. In January 2013, LT Taylor was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant over the Uniform – Patrol Division.
Lieutenant Scott Thurston
Lieutenant Scott Thurston has over 28 years of Law Enforcement experience. He has served in the areas of dispatch, Patrol and Investigations. The majority of LT Thurston’s career has been in Criminal Investigations.
Lt. Thurston has an extensive training in burglary, robbery, sex crimes, child abuse, juvenile investigations, firearms, homicide, Internal Affairs, interviews and interrogations, search and seizure, supervision and management.
In January 2013 LT Scott Thurston took office with Sheriff Gary Long and is currently assigned as the Lieutenant over Court Services/Warrants/Civil.
Lieutenant Mary Weaver
Lieutenant Mary Weaver began her Law Enforcement career as a Detention Officer at the Butts County Sheriff’s Office in 2008. Within the first four years of her employment with the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Detention Center. Within six months, in 2013 she was appointed to Lieutenant over Jail Operations.