With more than 2,000 law enforcement training hours since 1993 and having experience in law enforcement as a dispatcher, jail deputy, patrol officer, investigator, supervisor and chief of police, Bartow County Sheriff Office’s Sgt. Jonathan Rogers has spent his adult life giving back to his country and community. Currently, Rogers works as an investigator on the BCSO’s criminal investigations division and as the department’s public information officer.
“It is one of the best feelings in the world to solve a crime. Just to be able to provide a victim or victims’ family with answers or closure is really rewarding,” Rogers said. “We aren’t able to provide such in a lot of cases, so when we can it is special. I also enjoy being in public relations to try to bring some of what we experience in law enforcement to those who are not involved.
“I was born and raised in Cartersville and Bartow County, and I really enjoy that part of my job is to ensure everyone is proud of our law enforcement men and women.”
Occupation/Title: Sergeant, Criminal Investigations Division
Family: Wife Patti and children, Abi and Alexis
Education: Graduated Cass High School 1989
City of Residence: Cartersville
At what point in your life did you know you wanted to begin a career in law enforcement?
A: After I finished with my service in the Army, I really felt drawn to be in law enforcement. Some of that was probably from working within units in the Army providing safety and protection for those who could not. Naturally I felt comfortable in law enforcement as I was going to be working with a group or team protecting and helping others. I believe I inherited some traits from my father, who died when I was very young, such as compassion and a strong desire to do what’s right.
If you weren’t an investigator and PIO, what would you do for a living?
A: I believe I would be a teacher or another profession that works with children. I try to do all I can on a personal level to be involved in my children’s lives and also their peers. I have also enjoyed working with youth at my church and still help out when needed there. Another great “child project” I work with is Shop With A Hero. This is one of the most personally rewarding programs I have ever worked with and gives less privileged children in Bartow County a Christmas they may not have without the program’s intervention.
What led to your decision to join the military and could you describe your experience in Desert Storm?
A: In 1988 I signed up to join the Army after graduation (1989). As a high school student, I did not want to continue school by going to college, but also I felt like I wanted to explore my options and gain experience away from home. After talking with recruiters in school, I felt like that was the best option available and I signed up.
After graduating from basic training, I was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., in late 1989. I would later be deployed with 101st Airborne Division in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I was involved in those conflicts from August 1990 until May 1991.
My Army unit spent time in Saudi Arabia training and protecting the borders at Kuwait/Iraq just prior to the ground war starting. When the ground conflict started, my unit flew into the Euphrates River Valley deep in Iraq where we protected an Iraq-to-Kuwait highway until the cease-fire was called.
One of the more interesting experiences of my life was my time during these conflicts as there are some things in life that are taken for granted that we did not have such as sleeping in an actual bed and talking to loved ones on a telephone.
In what branch of the military did you serve?
A: United States Army 1989 to 1992, Fort Campbell, Ky. (101st Airborne Division).
How long did you serve as Emerson Police Chief and how did you come about fulfilling that position?
A: I was acting chief of police in early 1998 and became chief later that year. In late 1999 I stepped down and left Emerson Police Department to work at a higher-paying job in computers to support my then-beginning family. I became chief in Emerson after starting there in 1996 and working up to assistant chief prior to being appointed to the top position.
I really enjoyed my time in Emerson and still have love and respect for the citizens of that area as they are very supportive of law enforcement.
What do you consider your greatest personal or professional achievement?
A: My greatest personal achievement is being a father and role model to my children. Any parent knows that nothing can be better than that.
My greatest professional achievement is reaching the level I’m at now with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. I’ve worked hard to get to where I’m at professionally and continue to try and move higher. I want to make a positive influence on local law enforcement.
Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?
A: Although I’m not an outdoorsman, I enjoy being in nature. Recently I have been visiting Pine Mountain, and it has become a favorite place of mine to unwind and exercise.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
A: I think most people would be surprised to learn that I’m such a kid at heart. I am sometimes amazed at myself when I think of how I can be 42 years old and still think of myself as half of that. I think that being a kid at heart keeps the world in perspective and helps me to laugh and smile a lot. And that helps everything.