Candler County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff John Miles


Sheriff Miles was sworn into the Office of Sheriff in 2016


Sheriff Miles has been a certified peace officer since 1994.  Sheriff Miles acquired a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Southern University and has attended extensive training in multiple law enforcement facets.  Sheriff Miles is a State of Georgia certified General, Firearms, and Defensive Tactics Instructor.  Sheriff Miles was also appointed the Director of the Emergency Management Agency by the Board of Commissioners in 2018.


To Contact Sheriff Miles please call the main office at 912-685-2568. 

Chief Deputy Melvin Ivey


Chief Deputy Melvin Ivey was appointed in 2017


Chief Deputy Ivey has been a certified peace officer since 1991..  He has held such ranks as patrolman, Sergeant, Investigator.  He is a State of Georgia Certified General, Firearms, and Defensive Tactics Instructor.  




Captain Justin P. Wells


Captain Wells was appointed in 2017


Captain Wells is in the Criminal Investigations Division.  Wells has been a certified peace officer since 2004.  He has held ranks of Patrolman, Deputy, Investigator, Lead Investigator, Interim Chief of Police.  He acquired Associates and Bachelors of Science Degrees from Thomas University. He has Post Certifications for General Instructor, Supervision and Management.  He is a graduate of the Columbus State University and Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police’s Professional Management Program.  He was also appointed the Deputy Director of the Emergency Management Agency by Sheriff Miles in 2018






Captain Jamey O'Brien


Captain O'Brien was appointed in 2017


Captain O'Brien is in the Road Patrol Division.  O'Brien has been a certified peace officer since 1994.  Captain O'Brien has held ranks of Patrolman, Ranger, and Deputy Sheriff.  O'Brien served the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as a Ranger for a number of years.






Captain Bryson Collins


Captain Collins was appointed in 2017


Captain Collins is in the Jail Division.  Captain Collins has been a certified peace officer since 2001.  Collins acquired an Associates Degree from East Georgia State College.