Detention Services Division
- County Jail
- Inmate Work Crews
This division includes the Burke County Detention Center, inmate transportation and supervision of inmate work crews.The Burke County Detention Center detains all arrested offenders. It is commanded by Major John Bush and Major Chester Huffman with three certified Deputies and 22 Certified Correctional Officers.
Major John Bush Jr.: Administration
Major John Bush Jr. served in the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1983 and was hired as a Burke County Deputy/ Certified Correctional Officer in 1984. Major Bush attended the Georgia Police Academy in 1984 and Correctional Officers Academy in 1987. Since then Major Bush was promoted to Captain in 1994 and Chief Jailer in 2004. The Jail division, which adopted the name The Burke County Detention Center in January 2017, houses those who have been arrested for misdemeanor and/or felony offenses. There are five certified deputies and 22 Certified Correctional Officers. Major Bush oversees the Administrative Services.
Major Chester Huffman: Operations
Major Chester V. Huffman Jr. began his law enforcement career on September 15, 1975 as a Police Cadet with the City of North Augusta, South Carolina. In 1982, he joined the Augusta Police Department, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. After consolidation in 1996, Major Huffman was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Charles B. Webster Detention Center. During his tenure as Assistant Chief Jailer, this Richmond County Sheriff's Office facility grew from its original 552 beds to a state-of-the-art institution containing more than 1,000 inmate beds, including an Inmate Processing Center, Medical/Mental Health Housing facility and Visitor Center.
Major Huffman is a graduate of Aquinas High School and has earned a degree in criminal justice. He attended the University of Virginia at Quantico in 1996, where he successfully completed the F.B.I. National Academy. Major Huffman holds P.O.S.T. certification as a Senior Instructor, with instructor certificates in the areas of General Instruction, Speed Detection, Firearms, and Driver Training. Major Huffman has been actively involved in many facets of basic and advanced law enforcement training both at the local and state levels since 1984. Major Huffman is currently assigned to Detention Operations at the Burke County Detention Center. His primary focus is personnel, policy, procedure, needs assessment, and state and national certification of the facility.