Basic Training Division

Instructor, GPSTC-Forsyth Academy

Biography

Beth’s career of service began in 1981 at the Air Force ROTC Detachment, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Shortly after enrolling, Beth became the first female Cadet Group Commander. This trend has continued throughout her career. After graduating from Ohio University, Beth was commissioned in the Air Force and went to Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C. to attend Office of Special Investigations Special Agent basic school. She had several assignments with the AFOSI – Las Vegas; Belgium; Wiesbaden, Germany; and Robins AFB Georgia. Her investigative career with the OSI had her investigating all types of criminal cases, anti-terrorism collections, tracking terrorist groups (Bader Meinhof, Provisional Irish Republican Army, and Red Army Faction), protecting dignitaries in Europe as well as in the US. While in the Air Force, Beth attended Squadron Officer School. She served during Desert Shield/Storm providing counterintelligence collections for commanders in Europe.

After getting out of the Air Force Beth settled in Warner Robins with her husband and two children. After completing mandate in 1993 she went to work for the Oconee Dublin Drug Task Force as the Assistant Commander. Beth was instrumental in setting up the Task Force Offices and getting the operation up and rolling. In 1998 Beth started with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. She was a patrol deputy, patrol supervisor, Detention Center training officer, Detention Center Administrative Lieutenant, and the Assistant Jail Commander. Prior to her retirement from Houston County in July 2017, Beth was the highest ranking female at Houston County and the only female to obtain the rank of Captain. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico. VA (Session 256)

After one (1) day of retirement Beth joined the staff at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth where she is assigned to Basic Training.

Beth holds an Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She has POST certifications as Senior Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Field Training Officer, Health and Wellness Instructor, Supervisory and Managerial Certifications, and Jailer.

In her free time Beth travels to run races and compete in Triathlons (runcations). She spends time reading about leadership and discussing them with her father. Spending time outside recharges Beth’s batteries and she visits the North East branches of her family as often as possible. Her daughter and son-in- law reside in California and her son lives in Texas. Beth is still involved with the veteran community as a member of Team Red, White, and Blue.