Sheriff Butch Conway was elected in 1996 and is currently serving in his fourth term of office. A veteran law enforcement officer with more than 30 years experience, Sheriff Conway has served in almost every capacity of police work.
Since being elected Sheriff, he has seen the department grow from 320 to 712 employees. He reinstated the fugitive unit to Field Operations in 1997 to help catch the most dangerous and elusive criminals and obtained the 287(g) federal immigration program to identify and place detainers on illegal immigrants arrested in the county under the supervision of U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Recent projects include an expansion of the county jail approved by voters in 2002, and the start of Operation Second Chance - a program that pulls dogs from the euthanasia line at Gwinnett Animal Control and puts them with an inmate for obedience training. The dogs are then adopted by loving families. The program is at no cost to the taxpayers with the majority of the cost funded by the Society of Humane Friends. Operation Second Chance gives the inmates and the dogs a second chance at life.
Sheriff Conway began his career in 1973 as an officer with the Gwinnett Police Department where he served for 11 years. He rose to the rank of lieutenant and was in charge of the Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit operations before leaving the department to run an office supply business he started in 1981. During his career, he also served as a magistrate judge for seven years and was the Chief of Police for Lawrenceville for six years.
Dedicated to the community, the sheriff currently serves on the Executive Board of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, the Board of Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership, the Anti-Graffiti Coalition for Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and the Georgia Sheriff's Association Legislative Committee. He is involved with a number of animal groups including the Society of Humane Friends and the Spay Neuter Act Coalition of Georgia, and is involved in raising money for those groups as well as the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Special Olympics Georgia. serves on the Executive Board of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, the Board
The sheriff and his wife, Judge Carla Brown, reside in the Harbins community where they own and operate a horse farm focused on the breeding and showing of reining horses. He also has two beautiful daughters and three grandsons.