Chief Thomas Pinyan currently serves as the Chief Deputy for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.
Chief Pinyan, a lifelong resident of Cherokee County, started his law enforcement career with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a Detention Officer. Throughout his career, he has served in many leadership roles including Uniform Patrol Precinct Commander, K-9 Unit Commander, Criminal Investigation Commander, Narcotics Deputy Commander and Internal Affairs Supervisor. Chief Pinyan is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, class # 266. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Justice Studies from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University and is a graduate of the Columbus State University Professional Management Program. Chief Pinyan has Intermediate, Supervision, and Managerial POST certifications.
Chief Pinyan is married, with two children and they are members of Canton First United Methodist Church. He also volunteers as an Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, is a member of the Goshen Community Council, and an Executive Board Member of the Children’s Haven.