Captain Linda Miller serves as the Judicial Services Commander for the Judicial Court Services and Security Bureau. Capt. Miller began her career with the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office in 2001 with the Jail Housing area and later moving on to become an Intake Sergeant. Capt. Miller later took a voluntary demotion to move out of the jail and go to work at the main Sheriff’s Office in downtown Albany. After learning booking, bonding, tickets, and civil process, Capt. Miller was promoted to Lieutenant in charge of Court Services in 2012 and in April of 2019, she was promoted to her current position.
The Court Services section is part of the Sheriff’s Bonding Division and is comprised of Deputies, and Civilian Bailiffs to staff courtrooms, including Superior Courts, State Courts, Magistrate Courts, and Juvenile Courts, both in the Courthouse and Jail Annex. Court Services also staffs a security post at the front lobby of the Courthouse, utilizing a metal detector and x-ray machine to enhance security by detecting unauthorized items. In addition, Court Services provides Deputies for Probate Court, Municipal Court, and several additional courtrooms during special sessions. They also move in-custody inmates from the Regional Youth Detention Center, who are appearing for Juvenile Court and/or Superior Court. Security Officers operate the court, holding cells where inmates are held prior to entering the appropriate courts for trial. Court Security Officers also monitor alarms throughout the Courthouse and Court Deputies may assist the Warrant and Civil Divisions and other agencies, as needed.
The Booking, Bonds and Fines section processes all bonds, fingerprinting of walk-in subjects for criminal cases, pre-employment, and various permits. This division also collects monies for citations from various agencies within Dougherty County, collects monies for deposit account fraud/bad check payoffs, and handles warrant dismissals, withdrawals and cash bonds, as needed. Booking Deputies also assist with Court Security, as needed.
The Bond Administrator is responsible for monitoring bonding activity by private individuals, and professional bonding companies. Liens placed on properties through execution of a “Deed to Secure Debt” with “Power of Sale” and “Writ of Fieri Facias” (FiFa) against bonding companies or persons arising from bond forfeitures are handled in the Bond Administrator’s Office.