Major Joe Lucas is Chief Deputy of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. As Chief Deputy, he oversees core operation and administrative functions, and provides leadership and direction to the agency’s enforcement, investigative, correctional and support services divisions.

Major Lucas began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1989, spending 2 years as a correctional officer before being selected as a deputy sheriff. In 1993, he transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he worked crimes against children, homicides, property crimes and fraud investigations. In 1998 he was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the Patrol Division. In 1999 he was transferred back to the Investigation Division as the division supervisor, where in 2003, he was promoted to Lieutenant.

Promoted to the rank of Captain in 2013, he was tasked with management of the Investigations Division, Property and Evidence Room, Records Division, Crime Scene Unit and the Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force. In 2013 he transferred to the Columbia County Detention Facility, managing the care, custody and control of inmate population, the Warrants Division, classification of inmates, medical records, transportation of inmates, receiving and discharging of inmates and assisting in court services. In 2016 he was promoted to Major and appointed the Chief Deputy of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Major Lucas received an honorable discharge from the United States Army. He holds certifications in fraud investigations, sexual assault investigations, homicide investigations, handwriting analysis, interviewing techniques and was able to help solve three cold case homicides. He looks forward to serving his community and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.