Clay County Sheriff's Office
Donovan Byers is a Deputy at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and serves as a School Resource Officer at Clay County Schools. He was born and raised in Clay County, and has been married for four year to Brittany Byers who is also a native of Clay County. Donovan started his law enforcement career in 2011 after earning an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Tri-County Community College, and is currently working on his bachelor’s Degree from Western Carolina University.
Donovan started as a Detention Officer, and quickly advanced to the position of Inmate Work Crew Supervisor where he remained until being promoted to a Patrol Deputy. After a few years on the road he became aware that the previous School Resource Officer was going to retire and the position would be available. Being a native of Clay County and an Alumni of Clay County Schools, he felt called to apply for this position. He has now been in this position for 2 full school years. Donovan enjoys working with the kids at the school, and coaches men and women’s throwing events for Track and Field. Donovan will also be coaching wrestling this year.
Donovan was been awarded Rookie of the Year in 2011 and has received Deputy of the Quarter 2 years consecutive. He works on community outreach programs such as Operation medicine drop, and Shop with a Hero. Donovan also assists with vehicle maintenance for all the patrol units.
Donovan has been through school resource officer training and is also certified and trained in Sovereign Citizens, Identification of Fraudulent Documents, Anti-Terrorism, Rapid Deployment, Threat Assessment and Workplace Violence, Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents, and has completed over 30 courses through The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He has also coordinated training programs for the Sheriff’s Office, allowing deputies to receive additional training that they would not otherwise have been able too; such as Rapid Deployment which was held at Clay County Schools in July in order to prepare officers on how to respond to an active shooter event. Donovan is currently working on developing a full scale exercise based on an active shooter scenario; and is coordination with Emergency management, fire and rescue, and other agencies.
Donovan has had family members in law enforcement that have inspired his decision to pursue this career. He enjoys dealing with people and serving the community and has found it a pleasure to work for Sheriff Davis and serve the citizens and Clay County.
Another successful Citizens Academy has come to an end. Our graduates have learned the structure, purpose and inner workings of the Sheriff, Jail and 911 centers for their community. We had several guest speakers come and explain how their offices interact with the Sheriff’s Office and how we all help one another to better serve and protect the community. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank those individuals for their time, dedication and willing to help educate our citizens in reference to law enforcement. Those individuals are; Trooper AJ Gordon from Highway patrol, Paul Calascione from probation, Tim Barrett- Clerk of Court, John Hindsman- Assistant District Attorney, and the Honorable Judge Walker. Although they have graduated from our class, several of our graduates have also signed up for our Auxiliary program and we hope they find it as rewarding as our current members. If you are interested in taking our class, please call or stop by the Sheriff’s Office Mon-Fri from 8 am –5 pm for an application or visit our print off an application here off our website under the "MORE" tab.
Photo – Front Row – Helga Reaves, Jonnie Walker-Rohs, Mary Davenport, Shirley Kamar
Next Row – Paul Rohs and Martin Kamar
Next Row – John Claude Ashe, Hank Hill, SRO Deputy Melissa Mariano, Sheriff Vic Davis
Next Row – Teri Wingate and Judge Richard Walker
Row - SRO Deputy Donovan Byers and Capt. Josh
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Welcome to the Clay County Sheriff's Office web site. The purpose of this site is to introduce you to the Sheriff's Office and the many services that we provide the community.
I consider it my duty as Sheriff to see that the citizens of Clay County are provided the very best service we can and strive to earn the trust you have placed in all of us. All of the employees of the CCSO take pride in our jobs and never forget that we and our families are also part of the community that we are sworn to keep safe.
Thank you for taking the opportunity to learn the many facets of our office. We welcome and appreciate your suggestions and support in our quest to make Clay County an even safer place to live, work and raise our families. Please feel free to call my office anytime to discuss any concerns you might have.