Gene Scarbrough, joined by his wife Melba, was sworn in as the 9th Sheriff in the 108 year history of Tift County on December 20, 2012 and officially took office on January 1, 2013. He began his law enforcement career with the Georgia State Patrol in 1969 as a radio operator and was promoted to Trooper in 1970 after graduating from trooper school and assigned to Post 13 here in Tifton.
Scarbrough was the Commander of Troop H, Interstate Task Force based in Tifton, that covered the area from the south Bibb County line to the Florida state line and concentrated on criminal interdiction along middle Georgia’s I-75 pipeline. He trained over 1,000 local and state officers in drug interdiction in Georgia and assisted the Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA, in teaching a Highway Drug Interdiction (pipeline) class to members of the United States Park Police in our nation’s capital.
Scarbrough was Troop J Area Supervisor of the Implied Consent Unit that was responsible for the maintenance and certification of all breath testing instruments in twenty-one counties until retiring honorably in June of 2000. During his career with the Georgia State Patrol, Scarbrough was the recipient of numerous national, state and local awards
Sheriff Scarbrough and his wife Melba have been married for 41 years; they are members of the Brookfield Baptist Church and have a son, David.