About Ashley Henson

Ashley Henson is a lifelong resident of Paulding County. He graduated from East Paulding High School with honors in 1996. After high school, he enrolled in college where he graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology in December of 2000. In December of 2002, he graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Master of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis on Criminology. While he was finishing his Master's Degree, Ashley began his career with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office in September of 2002 under Sheriff Bruce Harris.

Ashley Henson began his career with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office as a Jailer in the Paulding County Jail in 2002. After a brief time, Henson attended P.O.S.T. Basic Mandate Training and transferred to the Uniform Patrol Division. Henson was later laterally transferred to the K-9 Division where he handled a dual-purpose law enforcement K-9 under the direction of Captain Gary Gulledge, prior to him being elected Sheriff. Henson worked K-9 Grep where the two were responsible for locating hundreds of pounds of drugs and numerous criminals. Henson worked in the K-9 Division for approximately eight years.

In January of 2012, Henson was promoted to Corporal and tasked by Sheriff Gulledge as the full time Public Information Officer for the Paulding County Sheriff's Office. Henson is responsible with being the point of contact between Sheriff Gulledge, the Sheriff's Office, and the community, both in the media and in the public. Henson is very active in the community and serves on several boards and organizations in Paulding County. Henson also maintains the Sheriff's Office Social Media pages, as well as the agency website. He is also responsible for the creation of the uniform policy, as well as the commendation and awards policy at the Sheriff’s Office.

In March of 2012, Henson joined the SWAT Team where he was assigned to the sniper element. Henson was the sniper team leader where he oversaw and directed sniper operations for the SWAT Team. In November of 2022 he completed his final class and achieved the coveted P.O.S.T. SWAT Officer Certification. Henson completed more than 500 hours of training just for this certification and at the time he obtained it, he was only one of ten people to have ever achieved this certification in the entire State of Georgia. Henson was also the driving force in the completion of grants through the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) which allowed the Sheriff's Office to receive a Lenco Bearcat G3 armored vehicle for the SWAT Team in March of 2022. Henson retired from the SWAT Team in March of 2023 with 11 years of service.

Henson is a recent graduate of the esteemed Leadership Georgia program for 2023. This is one of the premier statewide leadership programs in the United States. Leadership Georgia prepares strong and effective leaders for the future development of the State of Georgia. Henson is also a 2014 graduate of the Paulding Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Paulding 24 Class. Henson is also involved in numerous local organizations and boards.

Ashley Henson

Local Boards & Organizations

- Leadership Georgia 23 Graduate (2023)
- Leadership Paulding 24 Graduate (2014)
- Paulding Chamber of Commerce, Horizon Award recipient (2019)
- Alcohol/Drug Awareness Program Host (2013 – Present)
- University of West Georgia Criminology MA Advisory Committee (2023)
- Paulding County High School Principal Selection Committee (Dec. 2023)
- Paulding Comprehensive Transportation Plan Stakeholder Member (2012, 2022)
- Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc. Agency Advisory Board Member (2012 – Present)
- CareLink of Northwest Georgia Advisory Board Member (2014 – Present)
- Paulding County School District Superintendent's Advisory Board Member (2018 – Present)
- Paulding Board of Commissioners Employee of the Month Committee (2020 – Present)
- Wellstar Paulding Hospital Regional Board Member (2022 – Present)
- United Way of Paulding County Board Member (Chairman 2022-2023)
- Jess Rousey Honoring Heroes Foundation, Inc. Board Member (2023 – Present)

Training & Certifications

Ashely Henson has earned more than 5,500 hours of Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) certified training in his career. In addition to the training/certifications which are listed below, Henson works hand in hand with all of the government entities in Paulding County to spread awareness about the Sheriff's Office and law enforcement operations. He also teaches active shooter training to civilian groups in Paulding County, as well as the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Handgun Safety Class.

- P.O.S.T. Level IV / Master Instructor
- P.O.S.T Level III / Senior Instructor
- P.O.S.T. General Instructor
- P.O.S.T. Use of Force Instructor
- P.O.S.T. Driver Training Instructor
- P.O.S.T. Precision Immobilization Technique (P.I.T.) Instructor
- P.O.S.T. Defensive Tactics Instructor
- P.O.S.T. Firearms Instructor
- P.O.S.T. Shotgun Instructor
- P.O.S.T. SWAT Officer Certification
- C.R.A.S.E. Active Shooter Training Instructor
- A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Training Instructor
- P.O.S.T. Senior Deputy Certification
- P.O.S.T. Management Certification
- P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certification
- P.O.S.T. Advanced Certification
- P.O.S.T. Intermediate Certification
- P.O.S.T. Field Training Officer (FTO) Certification
- P.O.S.T. RADAR / LIDAR Certification
- P.O.S.T. Crisis Intervention Team Training (C.I.T)
- P.O.S.T. Basic Peace Officer Certification
- P.O.S.T. Jailer Certification
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Personal Life

Ashley Henson has been married to his college sweetheart, Jodie for 21 years. Together, they have two teenage boys, Asher and Breck; their children are 9th generation Paulding Countians. Their family resides just outside of the City of Dallas on their family farm. They are members of the Dallas First United Methodist Church. Jodie is employed as an elementary school administrator with the Paulding County School District. Ashley enjoys coaching and watching youth sports in Paulding County and spending time with his family. They are avid skiers/snowboarders and enjoy time in the mountains of the western United States.

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