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U.S. Marshals Service

Southern District of Georgia

United States Marshal - David L. Lyons


 David L. Lyons
U.S. Marshal David L. Lyons

Marshal Lyons grew up in Fort Payne, Alabama. In 1964 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served four years on active duty and two years in the reserves. In 1970 he joined the Cleveland Tennessee Police Department while simultaneously enrolling at the University of Tennessee- Chattanooga. During his education he served in the Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. He graduated in 1974 with a degree in Human Services and Criminal Justice and earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. He served on Active duty from 1974 to 1993.

During his military career he earned a master of arts in Business Management and a Juris Doctorate.

After being honorably discharged he was the Chief of Police in three Georgia municipalities, Woodstock, Zebulon, and Garden City.

He served as Chief of Police in Garden City for sixteen years. He completed the Chief Executive Officers Course and the FBI National Academy.

In 2009, Chief Lyons was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. He also served as vice president and president of the Executive Board for the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. In 2016 he was selected as Chief of the Year by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

He is married to Cathy, a retired Trauma Nurse Practitioner. He has one son, Brigadier General Brad Lyons and two grandsons, Trey and Jackson.

In 2018 David Lyons accepted President Donald Trump’s appointment as the United States Marshal for the Southern District of Georgia. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice