About Mike Maxwell
Prior to serving Bryan County as a Sheriff’s Deputy, I proudly served my country as a member of the United States Army. Upon graduation from high school in 1983, I attended basic training, then Basic and Advanced Electronics School, followed by Jump School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon completion of my advanced training, I was assigned to Fort Bragg as a member of the Elite 82nd Airborne Division. I learned a great deal during my six years in the Army—I learned to train, plan, and most importantly, to be flexible.
The qualities I learned in the Army led me to a career in law enforcement. My law enforcement career began in 1996 at the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office. Soon after, in 1998, I was promoted to Lieutenant of Patrol and shortly thereafter became Captain of Patrol in 2003.
While managing the department’s patrol division, I became the first deputy in Bryan County to complete Accident Investigation School at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, followed by additional training in Advanced Traffic Investigation at the University of North Florida. In 2010, the Richmond Hill Exchange Club selected me as the Deputy of the Year.
During my twenty-three years with the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, I have worked collaboratively with community agencies to coordinate, enhance, and maintain community outreach programs and public relations–including Bryan County Family Connection, the Bryan County Drug Free Coalition, and the Bryan County Juvenile Diversion Program. I also worked with the Bryan County School Board to create and implement the “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead” initiative for school bus safety.
Due to my experience with accident investigations, I worked with community youth groups to establish the T.A.A.R.D.Y. program. This program is a safety initiative that provides resources and information to youth and their parents to help reduce fatalities in teen-related automobile accidents.
I can truly say I have been blessed with the family bestowed upon me by God—they are my rock and my foundation. My wife of 25 years, Wendy, and our four children are the reason I feel so compelled to serve our community. Wendy, who grew up in Savannah, Georgia, owned and operated “Soiree by Maxwell Designs,” before retiring in 2010. Our oldest son, Landon, is happily married to his wife, Amanda and they have one child – our beautiful granddaughter, Presley. Lauren, our only daughter, is a manager at a local restaurant and is currently taking classes in pursuit of a culinary career. Our third child, Logan, followed in my footsteps and is currently stationed in Hawaii as he serves our nation in the United States Army. Our youngest son, Noah, is a freshman at Princeton University at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. My family is my proudest accomplishment—they inspire me to be a better person.
Just as I believe in working hard and spending time with my beautiful family, I find spirituality to be a central part of who I am. My wife and I are parishioners at St. Anne’s Catholic Church and have been since we moved to Richmond Hill. I am a member of the Knights of Columbus and my wife has been on the Parish Council, a Sunday school teacher, and a member of CCW. I am a firm believer that the church has given me a sturdy foundation of right and wrong, a moral compass that I carry with me daily, and a framework with which to lead and raise my family.