Former Forest Park Police Operations Commander Sara Koth has been named chief investigator for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Elections Division.

Chief Investigator Sara Koth

Koth will supervise a staff of more than 40 investigators, inspectors, and support personnel “overseeing complex case management spanning 43 professional licensing boards, the State Election Board, cemeteries, charities, securities, and corporations,” according to a press release from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office.

“Sara Koth is a seasoned law enforcement professional who will execute her duties with the highest degreee of integrity,” Raffensperger said. “Her background complements the complete and unique investigations undertaken by the Secretary of State’s office, and her skill set makes her uniquely qualified for this role.”

Koth started at FPPD as a senior patrol officer, later serving as lead detective and operations commander. While at FPPD, she also was co-chair of the Clayton County Child Abuse Protocol. In that role, Koth “oversaw investigations into human trafficking and child abuse” and served on the Clayton County Domestic Violence Task Force’s steering committee.

Koth is a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council instructor; she is certified in Crime Scene Reconstruction, Criminal Profiling, and Workplace/School Violence, among other specialties. She is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Central Georgia Technical College and holds a bachelor of science in psychology from Buffalo State College and a master of public administration from Columbus State University. Koth also volunteers as a GED counselor for people experiencing homelessness and raises awareness about human trafficking.

Watch Koth on the 2018 “Unholy Tour” of sex trafficking sites in metro Atlanta:

Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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