Tommy Waldrop of Winston took office as Sheriff in January 1993 at the age of 55, defeating former Chief Deputy Ron Shadix in the Democratic primary and former Deputy Mike Nolin in the general election. He was re-elected in 1996.
A fifth-generation Winston farmer, Waldrop retired from the Georgia State Patrol in 1989 after 32 years in law enforcement, including 20 years as post commander at Post Number 4 in Villa Rica. Innovations during his first year included new patrol cars and uniforms and expansion of the jail facility, which continued during his second term.
Waldrop’s father, Fred, was a deputy in the department for more than 24 years.
Waldrop and his wife, Elaine, are the parents of five children, all of whom have been active in showing cattle raised on the Waldrop farm in Winston.