A Cherokee County native was recently promoted to a high-ranking position within the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Dustin Hamby, who grew up in the Woodstock area, was named Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the GBI’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) in Cleveland. In this position, Hamby will be responsible for the supervision of the Special Agents and Task Force Agents assigned to this work unit. The ARDEO conducts high-level drug investigations in the North Georgia area.
Hamby has been employed with the GBI for more than 18 years. He began his career in the agency as a narcotics agent with the Oconee Drug Task Force and the Macon Regional Drug Office before being assigned as a special agent to the Region 1 Office in Calhoun in 2005. The following year, he transferred to the Region 8 Office in Cleveland, where he was appointed as a Child Abuse Specialist, a position he served in until his recent promotion. Hamby has also served as a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor for several years and has been on of the GBI agents responsible for teaching death investigations, interviews and interrogations to new GBI agents during that time.
Prior to becoming an agent with the GBI, Hamby was a Task Force Agent with the Oconee Drug Task Force in Cochran from 2000 until 2002, when he accepted a position as a narcotics agent with the GBI. During his time as a task force agent, he worked drug investigations in the Oconee Judicial Circuit. In addition, Hamby received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Georgia in August 2000.