Jeffrey E. Turner

Jeffrey E. Turner

The son of Eddie and the late Classie Turner moved to Clayton County with his family in 1978. After receiving his diploma at Morrow High School, he graduated from West Georgia University in 1986 where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Chairman Turner earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University.

Chairman Turner began his career with Clayton County in 1987, as a patrolman with the Clayton County Police Department. As a new hire, he was one of only four African-American officers on the police force. Following 20 years of loyal service to Clayton County, then Assistant Chief Jeffrey E. Turner was appointed as the first African-American Chief of the Clayton County Police Department on March 20, 2007. As Chief of Police, Jeff Turner implemented Community Policing strategies and initiatives including the Citizens Police Academy, Neighborhood Watch and I.C.A.C. – Internet Crimes Against Children, a joint initiative with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). These initiatives are currently still active. In addition, as Chief of Police, Chairman Turner initiated and acquired National Accreditation for the Clayton County Police Department. Chairman Turner is a graduate of the 217th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy.

Chairman Turner has earned his reputation as an honest and approachable leader, who is dedicated to the citizens and businesses of Clayton County. He devotes a tremendous amount of time and effort to enable cooperation and innovative interaction between the community at large and all Clayton County government departments. It is Jeff Turner’s belief that we all play a vital role in building a better future and quality of life for every citizen in every community. As Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, he provides dependable leadership in the development of a progressive vision for Clayton County. Responsible for daily operations, the Chairman ensures that the majority is able to effectively transact the business of the County Government, and at the same time, protects the right of the minority to be heard. Since taking office, Chairman Turner has been appointed to numerous committees which include the Governor’s Funding Committee on Juvenile Justice, the Executive Board of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), and the Metro Urban Chairs Committee, just to name a few.

Chairman Turner and Mrs. Darlene Turner have four sons, and attend the Greater Works Missionary Baptist Church located in Forest Park, Georgia. Inaugurated as Chairman of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners on December 22, 2012, Jeffrey E. Turner serves, with distinction, as Clayton County’s Chief Elected Official and represents the entirety of Clayton County.