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I was born in Atlanta, Georgia at Grady Memorial Hospital. My grandparents raised me in southwest Atlanta. I attended Adamsville Elementary and Charles Lincoln Harper High School where I graduated in 1983. In the Fall of 1984, I enrolled at DeVry Institute of Technology (Decatur Georgia campus) where I earned an Associate's Degree in Electronics (1986). For the love of our country and the spirit of service, I enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserves in 1987. I acquired this affinity as a result of my active participation in the JROTC Program in high school. Upon graduating military basic training, the Air Force Police Academy is where my law enforcement career commenced. Soon after graduation, I was hired by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office where I became employed as a Deputy Sheriff (jailer). During my service with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, I excelled through the sworn ranks in key positions such as Assistant Director of the Training Academy, Commander of Court Services, Commander of the Protective Measures Unit and the Administrative Major managing personnel, payroll and budget. I was also honored to attend the National Academy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (session 191st). 


My military and civilian law enforcement careers ran concurrent, allowing me to serve many years in the Security Forces Unit at Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB), Georgia while protecting our country in foreign lands such as Germany, Korea and Puerto Rico. Immediately after the attack on our country on September 11, 2001, I was ordered to active military duty. I served as the Delta Flight Chief at Dobbins ARB to secure its boundaries and prepare military troops for deployment while working in concert with the Department of Defense.  After being deactivated from active duty, I was selected First Sergeant of the 22nd Air Force Headquarters for the remainder of my military career. 


In 2007, I was appointed to the position of County Marshal for Fulton County Government. I pride myself in being a dynamic trailblazer, always leading by example. As County Marshal, I lead from the front. I was accountable for the agency's positive and controversial headlines, I promote transparency with issues and resolutions, and I equally pursue opportunities and programs that encourage positivity for our youth. A few of my most profound accomplishments as County Marshal include retiring in the Fall of 2007 from the United States Air Force Reserve after 20 years of dedicated service, numerous consecutive Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A.), the implementation of a Junior Deputy Program as well as establishing a College Intern Program with various local universities. Continuing my personal pursuit of advanced learning and higher education, I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University (2009). 


In life, there are many challenges and an abundance of controversy. To conquer challenges and overcome controversy, matters must be handled with optimism and a listening ear. Being married to my wife Pamela for 24 years and raising our two sons, Brandon (22) and Tyler (14) has allowed me to practice these principles daily. God, family, and community is what I value. This is why I stand strong on being accountable, transparent, and committed to developing the youth. These attributes wil  allow  me  to  serve, with pleasure, the community in which I live - DeKalb  County!

Antonio Johnson for DeKalb County Sheriff

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