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 Stewart Cawthon
Major 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, Major Cawthon was moved to the day shift. On January 1, 2013 Sheriff Gary Long appointed Major Cawthon to a Lieutenant over the Jail Division and was later appointed to Major.
Major Jeff Nix
Major Nix has over 20 years of Law Enforcement experience. Most of his career was spent in the Special Operations division as a K9 handler, as well as several supervisory positions in the same field. Major nix has many awards for his success as a K9 handler and has been recognized nationally as a Master Interdictor. Major Nix has served as Major under Sheriff Gary Long’s administration since August of 2016.
Chief White’s Assistant, Records Custodian