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Scott Dutton was appointed by GBI Director Chris Hosey to serve as Assistant Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, effective August 16, 2023. Dutton began his career in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office in 1985.
In July 1988, he became a Special Agent with the GBI assigned to the Thomaston Regional Office in middle Georgia. Following his time in the Regional Office, Dutton was assigned to various drug enforcement units to include the Atlanta Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Governor’s Marijuana Eradication Task Force, the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, Governor’s Strike Force on Drugs and Violent Crime, and the State Drug Task Force, the GBI’s statewide undercover program.
Beginning in late 2001, Dutton served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge and later Special Agent in Charge of the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC), the state of Georgia’s fusion center. He spent over 14 years at GISAC, where he supervised GBI’s Counter-Terrorism Homeland Security Unit, created as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks. While at GISAC, Dutton was promoted to Inspector of the unit. In 2015, he was appointed as Director of Public Affairs, responsible for working with the Georgia General Assembly on agency legislation as well as serving as the agency’s Public Information Officer.
In 2016, Dutton was appointed as Deputy Director in command of the GBI’s Investigative Division, which serves as the enforcement branch of the agency and is comprised of over 400 employees across Georgia. In 2020, Dutton retired as Deputy Director after 32 years with the bureau. He returned to the GBI in 2021, when appointed as Administrator of GBI’s Georgia Terrorism Intelligence Project (GTIP), a homeland security program created after 9/11 to maintain connectivity and readiness with 45+ GTIP partner law enforcement agencies across Georgia.
Dutton is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University and FBI National Academy, Session 230 in Quantico, Virginia. He is an active member of the FBINAA, IACP, ASCIA, GACP and Atlanta Metropol.