Douglas County’s first sheriff was Thomas Hurt Selman, who served for one term from 1871 to 1872. As a small boy, he came with his parents to the Chapel Hill community from Spartanburg County, S.C. Selman was the first of eight Confederate veterans to serve as sheriff.
Up until his death in 1922, Tom Selman was active in the affairs of Douglasville and Douglas County, serving as county treasurer and operating Selman Brothers, grocers, hardware and feed stuffs. His brother, Dr. Joe Selman, was Douglasville’s first permanent druggist. The store was at the former site of B&W Rexall Drugs.
Elected at the age of 25, Selman was the youngest sheriff in county history. He and his wife, Imogene Winifred Arnold, were the parents of five children.