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Personal History

Sheriff Carlisle is married to Cathy Carlisle, who is a teacher at Robinson Elementary School. They have four children Chad, Cara, Joseph, and Laryssa. Sheriff Carlisle and his wife have also served and continue to serve as foster parents.

Religious Affiliation

Sheriff Carlisle and his family are active members of the Faith Baptist Church of Dawson, where he serves as a Deacon and adult Sunday School Teacher.


1979 Graduate of Dawson County High School

1988 Graduate of Northeast Georgia Police Academy

1996 Graduate of Georgia Sheriff's Elect Academy

1999 Graduate of National Sheriff's Institute

Attended Gainesville State College

Numerous hours of Georgia Public Safety Training Center training


Sheriff Carlisle has more than 21 years of law enforcement experience. Sheriff Carlisle has devoted the entirety of his career to the citizens and visitors of Dawson County.

Civic Involvement

Sheriff Carlisle serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the following:

Edmondson-Telford Center for Children, which services children who have been victims of abuse. The Edmondson-Telford Center for Children offers assistance with treatment and forensic examinations for the children of Dawson and Hall County.

North Georgia K-9 Task Force, which is a regional task force that services 9 North Georgia counties.

Additionally affiliations include:

Charter Member of Prevent Child Abuse in Dawson County

Charter Member of the Dawson County Kiwanis Club, which is an international organization providing assistance to children and young adults.

Governor's State Wide Occupant Safety Task Force

Member of the Dawson County Foster Parent Association

Past Regional Vice President for Region 3 of the Georgia Sheriff's Association

Professional Affiliations

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

County Officers Association of Georgia

Dawson County Foster Parent Association

Georgia Sheriff's Association

National Sheriff's Association

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