Sheriff Eric J. Levett was born and raised, and currently lives in, Rockdale County, Georgia. At the young age of 14, he had a passion for law enforcement and was eager to be a part of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorer Program. He served as a volunteer Explorer from 1988 to 1992. In 1991, Sheriff Levett began working in the Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Communications Center. In 1992, after graduating from Rockdale County High School, he was hired as a full-time dispatcher.
Levett became a certified detention deputy and began working in the Rockdale County Jail in 1993. In 1994, Levett became a certified deputy sheriff. In addition to working at the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Levett has worked as a certified peace officer for other agencies in Georgia and served as a Law Enforcement Coordinator for the Conyers Housing Authority.
Levett served in a variety of roles throughout his law enforcement career, including as a Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) deputy, a School Resource Officer and as an Investigator. Levett has served in supervisory positions as Corporal and Sergeant. This experience gave Levett a different perspective on how other organizations and law enforcement agencies operate and conduct business.
Prior to taking a leave of absence to campaign for the Office of Sheriff, Levett was a supervisor assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Levett was sworn in as the Rockdale County Sheriff by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein, and he assumed office on January 1, 2013.
With the respect and support of the employees of the agency, and with the deep knowledge of Rockdale County, Levett is known as a hands-on Sheriff with an administrator’s touch. Because of his leadership and vision, he continues to reward the taxpayer’s trust with cost effective management of the sheriff’s office and jail, and with law enforcement within the community.
Levett is a graduate of the Columbus State University’s Professional Management Program and has aspirations of pursuing his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is an active member of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association; a member of the Sons of the American Legion and the Rotary Club of Conyers. He is a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Rockdale Class and was a part of the Leadership Rockdale Planning Committee. Sheriff Levett is a member of Atlanta Metropol, the Rockdale County Superintendent’s Advisory Council, Rockdale Career Academy Board of Directors and the National Sheriff’s Association. He is also a member of the American Jail Association and the International Association of the Chief of Police (IACP).
Levett is a board member and mentor with the Boys and Girls Club of Rockdale County and sits on the Public Safety Committee for the Stepping Up Initiative. He is looking forward to the 2021 launch of the Sheriff’s Activity League (SAL), an affiliation of the Police Athletic League. He is a member of the Constitutional Officers of Georgia and serves on the Board of Directors of the Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families. He is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (CHAMPS) Advisory Committee, and serves as the Vice Chairman for the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Advisory Board.
Levett has been married over 24 years to his wife, Lavette. They have been blessed with two children, Christian and Colin. Levett and his family are members of Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers.