Sheriff H.W. “Billy” Hancock
Billy Hancock is a 43 year veteran of Public Safety serving his fifth year as sheriff re-elected in 2016. He was appointed as Sheriff of Crisp County in March of 2014, later that year winning the special election by 87 percent. He is the Emergency Management Director of Crisp County. He began his career as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1976 with Crisp County EMS. He has spent the last 40 years in law enforcement, first sworn in in 1979 as a part-time Deputy with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office. He later went to work for the Georgia State Patrol where he was stationed at various locations. He returned to the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office where he has spent the last 33 years. He held the position of Chief Deputy for 19 years and served as the Deputy Director of the Crisp County Emergency Management Agency for 14 years.
Hancock is an avid public speaker conducting educational and motivational speeches to local clubs, schools, and businesses. He has also lectured throughout the United States and Canada on various law enforcement topics for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Petersburg Junior College. He is a graduate of the Moultrie Technical College EMS Program. He is a graduate of the 57th Georgia State Patrol Academy. He has an Associate degree in Criminal Justice, a Master Certificate in Emergency Management. He has earned multiple Instructor certifications for various specialty courses dealing with law enforcement.
Hancock has received numerous outstanding service awards from the DEA, the National Department of Transportation for his assistance in their training program. He has been honored by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for his teaching contributions to that country and has received the Georgia Deputy Sheriff of the Year Award two times. Hancock was appointed and has served as a Board Member of the Georgia Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Council (the ABAC Region). He is past Vice-President of the Georgia Peace Officers Association and is an active member of both the Georgia and National Sheriff’s Association. He continues to teach on the State and Federal levels.
Hancock has served as a Lion with the Cordele Lions Club for the past 17 years. He believes in the work being done by Lions and is enthusiastic about promoting the Lion’s motto “WE SERVE”. Hancock’s enthusiasm and participation is contagious. He motivates people to become active members and to participate in events. As a Lions Club member, Hancock has been active as President of the Cordele Lions Club, Fair Chairman, a Member of the Board of Directors, and the Entertainment Committee. He has served as 1st Vice District Governor and Zone Chairman for the District. Hancock has received numerous awards from the Lions Club. Those awards include the District President Award in 2008, Melvin Jones Award in 2009, Lion of the Year in 2009 and 2012, District Governor’s Recognition Award 2010, International Director’s Recognition Award in 2010 and 2012, and was inducted in to the Lions District 18C Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2018 Governor Nathan Deal appointed Hancock to the Georgia Emergency Communications Authority (GECA) Board. Hancock was also reappointed to the GECA Board by Governor Brian Kemp.
Hancock has been married to Mary Ellen Branan Hancock for 35 years. They are members of the Cordele Church of Christ. He lives his life dedicating his self to helping others and is an active supporter of local youth. He is active in the community providing opportunities for youth. You will often see him at sporting events providing motivation and support to all of the players. He pushes youth to be better citizens and to take pride in their team.
Billy Hancock has spent his career teaching and promoting Public Safety and motivating people to reach their potential in any endeavor.