On several occasions, Castleberry has tracked down suspects at the workplace. He didn’t care that these handcuffed people were humiliated in front of their colleagues.

“They should not have committed the crimes,” he said.

For 19 years, Castleberry headed the department’s criminal investigations division. If someone was wanted for a particularly heinous crime, he would be proud to track them down.

He believes in giving people breaks sometimes. But some people don’t deserve a second chance, he said.






Friends and colleagues honored Hall County Deputy Chief Jim Castleberry at a retirement party at the Law Enforcement Center on Friday.


Independent / McKenna Lamoree


“There are a lot of people who have had that second and third chance and haven’t learned from it,” he said.

Castleberry, who turned 66 on November 10, was honored during a Friday afternoon retirement reception at the Law Enforcement Center.

He went to work for the Hall County Sheriff‘s Department on August 6, 1979. His last day in the office was November 12.

” I have finished my work. I haven’t worked for about 20 years, ”Castleberry joked.

He had the “best job in the world,” he said. It’s satisfying to work in law enforcement in this area, he said.

Among other things, “You meet a lot of nice people.”

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