About Sheriff Butch Conway
Since being elected, Sheriff Conway has seen the sheriff’s office grow from a staff of 320 to over 700. He reinstated the Fugitive Unit to Field Operations in 1997 to apprehend the most dangerous and elusive criminals. In 2009, he established the 287(g) federal immigration program, which allows specially trained deputies, under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to identify and place detainers on illegal immigrants arrested in Gwinnett County, leading to a substantial reduction in the jail population.
In 2011, Sheriff Conway partnered with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to form the Gwinnett Reentry Intervention Program (GRIP). This program strives to reduce jail recidivism by pairing individuals exiting incarceration with community resources to assist them in becoming self-sufficient. The program provides them access to resources such as shelter, drug treatment, job skills training, mental health treatment, employment and permanent housing.
Though his dedication to law enforcement is evident, what is often not so obvious is his dedication to the community. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, and the Board of Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership. He has also served on the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Legislative Committee, the Lawrenceville City Council, the Gwinnett County Merit Board, the Gwinnett County Airport Authority, the Lawrenceville Housing Authority and the Drug Free Workplace Committee of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. He was also a founding director of the Girls Club of Gwinnett and a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett. Growing up in Decatur, Butch benefited from being a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer Scout and credits those programs with giving him a foundation for service. He continues to support these organizations to this day.
Also in 2011, Sheriff Conway formed a Gwinnett Chapter of Beat the Heat, Inc. to build awareness of the dangers of illegal street racing, drunk driving and drug abuse while creating a partnership between law enforcement and the community.
Butch has two beautiful daughters, Jennifer Conway Clay and Regina Conway Cann, four adorable grandsons, a lovely granddaughter and, in his words, “two great sons-in-law.”