Jan. 1, 2013 – Hall County’s new Sheriff Gerald Couch announced the newest additions to his top administrative team: Kevin Head and John Latty.
Head will serve as Major of the Administrative Bureau, responsible for operations at the Hall County Courthouse and the Hall County Jail.
Latty will serve as Major of the Enforcement Bureau, which is responsible for the Uniform Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigation Division.
Couch said, “Both men I have know for my entire career, and I consider them to be among the finest public safety professionals that I’ve ever worked with.”
The appointments are part of a larger effort to streamline the sheriff’s office’s rank structure, decreasing the number of executive staff from four to two.
Sheriff Couch said, “This is all about getting more officers out in the field and better trained and equipped to serve the citizens of Hall County,” said Couch.
Major Kevin Head
Major Kevin Head graduated from North Georgia College with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He began his law enforcement career in 1987 as a patrol officer with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. During his time with the department, Head also served as a criminal investigator, sergeant of the Crimes against Children Unit, lieutenant over the Crimes against Persons Unit,
Assistant Commander of Criminal Investigations and the supervisor of the Safe Streets Task Force, among other leadership positions. In May 2012, Head left the sheriff’s office to serve as Deputy Chief of the new Hall County Probation Services Department.
Hall County Court Administrator Reggie Forrester said Head has done an outstanding job as deputy director of the Hall County Probation Services Department. “He basically ran the day to day operations of our probation department,” Forrester said. “While
we’re certainly proud of his new job, we hate to lose him at the same time,” Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal echoed those sentiments. “Kevin Head is one of the finest law enforcement officers I know. He is level headed and intelligent. He understands people and how to work with them. I have known Kevin since the mid 90’s. I observed him in his roles as investigator, sergeant and lieutenant. He is a good law enforcement officer and supervisor. Kevin also sits on the drug court team as the law enforcement representative,
so he has a wealth of experience,” said Deal. “When we started the county probation office this year, Kevin was our first hire. He has run the probation office and done an excellent job. His performance and the performance of the probation office have exceeded all our expectations. We hate to see him leave the probation office but realize that he is needed in the Sheriff’s office where he can have a greater impact on our entire community.”
Major John Latty
Major John Latty retired as assistant chief of the Gwinnett County Police Department after 25 years of service. He completed the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College in 1998 and served as an adjunct professor and lecturer for Columbus State University in the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College for 12 years. Latty also served as a U.S. Army military policeman for three years. He is a lifelong resident of Hall County and a 1970 graduate of South Hall High School. He is also a graduate of Gainesville Junior College, North Georgia College and Columbus State University, where he received his master’s degree in public administration. Latty and his wife of 40 years, Rebecca, have three children and five grandchildren. “John Latty, with his knowledge and communication skills, will be an asset to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office,” said Dr. Archie Rainey, director of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College
at Columbus State University. “He will be missed in the Professional Management Program.” Couch said he and his new administrative staff are ready to serve the citizens, something Couch said has always been a mainstay during his career in law enforcement.
“Steve Cronic has made lasting ties and friendships with the community he has served for twelve years. I appreciate his past commitment and the assistance he has provided in making this a smooth transition,” he said. Meanwhile, Cronic said he’s pleased with Couch’s picks for his administrative team. “I have had the pleasure of knowing both Kevin and John for years, and I know they will be a
tremendous asset to the county in these new roles,” said Cronic. In addition to Cronic, Col. Tony Carter, who will retire from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in late January, has also played a vital role in the transition process as Sheriff Couch takes office. “I have known and worked with John and Kevin most of my law enforcement career,” Carter said. “They are dedicated and professional law enforcement leaders, and I wish for them and the entire Hall County Sheriff’s Office the very best.” Sheriff Couch will be sworn in by Governor Nathan Deal during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church on Green Street in Gainesville.