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Deputies renew their oath with Sheriff Piper
New senior command staff appointed

by ALDO NAHED

January 08, 2013

Forsyth County sheriff and senior command staff from left: Lt. Col. Richard Doyle, Chief Deputy Michael Giordano, Sheriff Duane Piper, Lt. Col. Matthew Hester, Maj. Dan Jagoe and Maj. Paul Taylor.
The oath of office is given to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Ron Freeman, Capt. Mike Goike and Capt. Mark Flowers.
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Richard Doyle (left) talks with new Chief Deputy Michael A. Giordano.
Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper swears in detention officers on New Year’s Eve prior to them reporting to their shift.
Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper looks over the sworn officers’ oaths prior to swearing them in.
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Richard Doyle, Chief Deputy Michael A. Giordano and Lt. Col. Matthew Hester.
Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper swears in his senior command staff. From left are Chief Deputy Michael A. Giordano, Lt. Col. Richard Doyle, Lt. Col. Matthew Hester, Maj. Dan Jagoe and Maj. Paul Taylor.
Chief Deputy Michael Giordano, Maj. Paul Taylor and Capt. Ron Freeman talk after the swearing in ceremony.
Chief Deputy Michael Giordano and Maj. Paul Taylor talk prior to the swearing in on New Year’s Eve.
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Sheriff Duane K. Piper began his term swearing in his deputies and selecting a new command staff.

Piper held nine separate ceremonies. Piper had to swear in 275 Ga. POST certified personnel and 30 detention officers. He began the swearing in process on Monday evening, New Year's Eve, with personnel scheduled to work that evening and the following day, Jan. 2.

Unlike police officers, the sheriff's has to swear in the deputies for them to have their law enforcement powers.

"I was getting reacquainted with the deputies as I was swearing them in," Piper said. "The atmosphere was very enthusiastic. It's an honor to be their sheriff."

Michael A. Giordano was promoted from Lieutenant to Chief Deputy. He previously served as a Lieutenant in the Uniform Patrol Division and has been employed by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office since October 1997. He began his law enforcement career with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office as a detention officer and has worked his way up through the ranks.

Matthew S. Hester was promoted from a Deputy First Class to Lieutenant Colonel. He previously served as a Deputy First Class assigned to the Training Unit. He had also served as a Motor Officer in the Special Operations Division. He has been employed by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office since April 2007. Prior to coming to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, he was employed by the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office from 1995 to 2007.

Paul Taylor and Dan Jagoe both served as Majors under Sheriff Ted Paxton and are remaining at this time in their current ranks and positions. Major Taylor joined the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office in May 2006. Major Jagoe joined the agency in May 2010. Both had previously worked for and retired from the DeKalb County Police Department.
The new Senior Command Staff of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is:

Duane K. Piper – Sheriff

Michael A. Giordano – Chief Deputy

Richard J. Doyle – Lieutenant Colonel, Director of Operations

Matthew S. Hester – Lieutenant Colonel, Director of Courts and Detention

Paul R. Taylor – Major, Uniform Patrol Division

William Dan Jagoe – Major, Criminal Investigations Division