It was a proud day at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office when one of their own became the new Fulton County Marshal. Marshal Maria McKee was sworn in before family, friends, and colleagues including Sheriff Ted Jackson and staff. Retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, McKee was the commander of the FCSO Court Services Division. Outgoing Marshal Antonio Johnson announced his retirement months ago and is running for sheriff in DeKalb County. Marshal Johnson previously retired from the Sheriff’s Office as a major in the Court Services Division.
Marshal McKee began her law enforcement career at the Sheriff’s Office in 1988 as a deputy sheriff. She worked her way up through the ranks to become the commander of the Court Services Division which includes the Reserve Unit of certified deputies who volunteer their services. In that role, she implemented the FCSO’s Court Security plan which makes her the perfect partner to this organization in her new role.
During her tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, McKee developed the first vocational program for inmates at the Fulton County Jail. She also created and taught the Life Skills training program for detainees. Marshal McKee oversaw the final completion of the new state of the art Command Center in the Courthouse. Over the years, Marshal McKee enjoyed mentoring many employees. She was the highest-ranking female in the organization.
Marshal McKee earned an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Military College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrative Studies: Management/Criminal Justice from Clayton State University, and a Master of Public Administration Degree in Justice Administration from Columbus State University.
(Photos courtesy of Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)