Major GIMG_9448.jpgayle Atchison began her career with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in 1976 as a Deputy Sheriff.  She received her degree in Criminal Justice from Auburn University.  In addition, she has attended numerous training workshops and seminars throughout her career with the Sheriff's Office.  She has advanced through the ranks serving in a variety of both operational and administrative capacities.  In August of 1998, she was promoted to Captain and assumed command of the Legal Services Division.  As Commander of the Legal Services Division, Captain Atchison has 44 sworn law enforcement personnel and 17 civilian personnel.

As Commander of this Division, Major Atchison is in charge of Court Security, Civil Process, Fingerprint Identification and Warrants/Probate.  As the Commander of this Division, she oversees the personnel who handle service of civil process, legal papers, service for lawsuits, pistol permits, warrants (both maintenance and service), maintenance of records, probate orders, evictions, subpoenas, maintenance and classification of fingerprint functions for the Sheriff's Office, comparison of fingerprints, transportation of inmates and probate patients, security for all County courthouse facilities, screening of subjects entering buildings, security for the Judges and their courtrooms while in session, and handles extraditions (when another state has a warrant for the arrest of a subject that we have in custody).

Major Atchison was promoted to the rank of Major on January 1, 2018.


Responsibilities of the Legal Service Division include:

  • Receiving over 65,000 legal documents for service of process per year
  • Attempting service on over 76,000 legal documents per year
  • Serving over 40,000 documents per year
  • Issuing approximately 17,000 pistol permits per  year to Montgomery County citizens
  • Handling over 9,700 background checks per year
  • Processing approximately 300 warrants each month