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Charles Durst Detention Center

The Toombs County Detention Center houses up to 128 pre-trial, pre-sentenced, county, city, and state sentenced prisoners and has an average daily population of 96. Both male and female prisoners are held in the Detention Center. 

Our goal is to provide a safe, secure, functional, and humane environment for staff and prisoners, while protecting our community. although the care of the prisoners is the responsibility of the Sheriff, both the State of Georgia and Federal Government impose standards to which the Sheriff must comply. These include a minimum square footage of living space per prisoner, medical and dental care, balanced and nutritional meals, outdoor recreation, and many other tax-supported services. 

The Detention Center is currently staffed with 29 full-time and 4 part-time employees. Jail staff are P.O.S.T. Certified Officers. Jail Officers are required to attend Basic Jail Officer Training with no less than twenty hours in-service training annually. 

Inmate labor is utilized to minimize operational costs in such areas as facility sanitation, food, and laundry services and are also sent to Vidalia, Lyons, and assigned to County work details. 


Captain Bobby Smith, Detention Center Administrator

He was born to Helen Jones of Toombs County October 24, 1952. He is the oldest of six and was educated in the Vidalia Public Schools. He began working for Coca Cola in 1972. Five years later he went to work with Piggly Wigglly where he was employed for fourteen years. He resigned from Piggly Wiggly to work for the Vidalia Police Department. For the next ten years he served as a patrolman, detective, and eventually started the D.A.R.E. D.A.R.E being his greatest passion. He left the Vidalia P.D. to join the Toombs County Sheriff's Office in December of 1999, where he also started the D.A.R.E. Program. He has gained more responsibility in the last few years working with D.A.R.E. He has seved as Sergeant-At-Arms, Vice President and Regional Three Director of the Georgia Dare Officers Association and was elected to the highest position ever when he became President for the State of Georgia in 2005, and is now on the Board of Directors.

He is a member of the First African Baptist Church where he spearheads the Men's Ministry. He is the husband of former Denise Beasley. He has a son and a daughter-in-law, Jerrell and Dianne and daugther Vantresia. His biggest joy comes in his grandchildren, Kameron, John, Joshua, Kaysey and Nathaniel. He enjoys watching baseball, football and NASCAR racing and is an avid University of Georgia fan.

He was promoted to the position of Detention Center Administrator in March of 2011. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the Dentention Center.


Lieutenant James McNear, Chief Jailer

Lt McNear graduated from Vidalia High School. He began his employment with the Toombs County Detention Center in 2001 as a Jailer and was promoted to Chief Jailer in 2006.


Lieutenant Robyn Banks, Terminal Agency Coordinator

Lt. Banks began her employment with the Toombs County Detention Center in 1994 as a Dispatcher and went from dispatcher to Jailer. She moved to Administration In 1996 and was appointed T.A.C. (Terminal Agency Coordinator) for GCIC (Georgia Crime Information Center). She is responsible for the Toombs County Sex Offender Registry, Maintains Toombs County Warrants, Protection Orders and Inmate Records.