Decatur County Sheriff’s Office investigator becomes GBI agent

Published 4:47 pm Friday, July 14, 2017

GBI Director Vernon Keenan and Special Agent Cheryl Nix smile together at the induction ceremony.

On June 29, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) graduated 33 special agents during a ceremony at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

The new agents completed approximately 600 hours of instruction over four months in preparation for their new assignments.   They received in-depth training in death investigations, crime scene processing, elder abuse, crimes against children, officer-involved use of force investigations, responding to active shooter situations and much more.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr served as the keynote speaker for the event.

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Special Agent Cheryl Nix, from Douglas, was a member of the new class.  Special Agent Nix graduated from North Georgia College and State University and previously worked with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.

The GBI is comprised of three divisions: the Georgia Crime Information Center, the Crime Laboratory, and the Investigative Division.  The agency has 773 employees and a budget of $108 million dollars.  Special Agent Nix will be assigned to the Region 15 office in Sylvester, under the Investigative Division