City of Dahlonega Welcomes New City Marshal

The City of Dahlonega is pleased to announce the hiring of Jefferson "Jeff" D. Branyon as its next City Marshal, which is a historic position which is being reactivated. Jeff is well known and widely respected in the north Georgia law enforcement community having served positions with Clarke, Hall and Lumpkin counties, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Gwinnett County. He leaves Gwinnett after managing its Crime Scene Investigations Unit for seven years. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is currently attending the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College Executive Program at Columbus State University, where he is pursuing his Masters in Law Enforcement Administration.

The Dahlonega Marshal serves to enforce City Ordinances and coordinate with and support Public Safety efforts of other local, area and state law enforcement agencies. Historically, the position has existed since the 1830s when it was first held by William Pierce Price, Sr, father of the founder of North Georgia Agricultural College. A long line of law enforcement officers have served the City in this capacity. As examples James Harbison served for 25 years or more before 1903 and Sheriff Stacy Jarrard held the position prior to becoming Sheriff.

Jeff and his wife of 26 years, Jodi, have three children of college and high school age. Jeff's interests outside work include coaching mountain biking and cycling. Please join us in making Jeff and his family welcome to the community.


Jeff Branyon

Dahlonega, Georgia

The City of Dahlonega, the county seat of Lumpkin County, is located in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, approximately 70 miles north of Atlanta. The population of Dahlonega is estimated to be 5,000. Dahlonega was incorporated December 21, 1833 and was the site of the first major gold rush in the United States. A U.S. Branch Mint minted Half Eagle, Quarter Eagle, the Gold Dollar (72,529) and the Three Dollar Gold here between 1838 and 1861. The University of North Georgia, founded in 1873 in the abandoned Mint Building, was the first state-supported college in Georgia to grant a degree to a woman and is now one of six senior military colleges in the U.S. with a expanding undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Vision Statement
To be an open, honest, and responsive city, balancing preservation and growth, and delivering quality services in a fair and equitable manner by being good stewards of Dahlonega’s resources.

Mission Statement
Set in rural Appalachia, Dahlonega is a beautiful, thriving community of historic significance, academic excellence, and military renown. A City of Excellence, Dahlonega provides quality services through ethical leadership and fiscal stability, in full partnership with the people who choose to live, work, and visit.