2013 Public Service Award

2013 Public Service Award Recipient

PATRICK CLAYTON IS RECIPIENT OF “PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR” AWARD

Patrick was appointed as the Chief Deputy of Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, January 1, 2013. Prior to this appointment, Patrick worked as the Chief of the Richmond County BOE Police since August 18, 2009. While serving as the Chief, he led the departments’ efforts towards state law enforcement accreditation and certification through the Georgia Chiefs of Police which was attained in October 2012. He also led the Department’s efforts in reducing vandalism, thefts and burglaries through the use of expanded investigations, technology and establishment of night patrol which saved hundreds of thousands of dollars and reduced the number of incidents by nearly 60%. During his tenure, the department established a comprehensive gang task force unit that significantly reduced gang activity in the schools and community through education by providing over 100 presentations to parent, student, and other civic groups, expanded gang investigations and mentoring programs. Prior to this, Patrick was employed with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) working in St Louis, Missouri; Savannah, Georgia and Augusta, Georgia. During his tenure with the DEA, Patrick worked on numerous multi-jurisdictional, multi-defendant and multi-charge indictments of major drug trafficking organizations. These indictments included RICO and Operating a Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE) charges reserved for drug kingpins. Patrick’s efforts resulted in the seizure of over $15,000,000 in assets during his career. Patrick’s last assignment was as the Task Force Supervisor of the Augusta Post of Duty. Patrick was also employed with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Charleston County Police, Air Force Office of Special Investigations and Air Force Police. Patrick holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Augusta State University where he graduated in 2004; B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1984; and an A.S. Degree in Police Science from the University of Albuquerque. Patrick is married to Kimberly with three children and they reside in Evans, Georgia.