OSI reservist new DeKalb County State Court Marshal

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  • By Melanie Wilson
  • DeKalb County Georgia Dept. of Communications

Richard I. Berkowitz has been appointed to Marshal of the DeKalb County State Court effective April 1, following the retirement of Marshal R. S. Mann, who served DeKalb County law enforcement for 34 years. 

Berkowitz is a 31-year Air Force veteran currently in the Air Force Reserves. The Chief Master Sgt. is assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations as a Special Agent.

As Marshal, Berkowitz will be responsible for leading the Marshal’s Office as it carries out its State and Magistrate Court law enforcement duties. 

Berkowitz has dedicated more than 24 years to serving and protecting the citizens of Georgia and DeKalb County through his work in law enforcement.

Berkowitz began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. His last 12 years at the Sheriff’s Office were spent assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad where he tracked and apprehended fugitives.

Berkowitz joined the DeKalb Marshal’s Office in 2009 as chief deputy and assisted Mann in transforming the DeKalb Marshal’s Office into a highly respected law enforcement agency through technological advancements and progressive operating initiatives.

Berkowitz is the president of the DeKalb County Chiefs’ Association, which is a network of all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that operate within DeKalb County.

Berkowitz earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Georgia State University and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Columbus State University. He is a graduate of the 240th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Georgia Command College, Class 44.