Sheriff Joe Chapman and his wife Tammy were married in 1982. They have three sons together; Jake, Josh and Jordan. Sheriff Chapman served six years in the United States Marine Corps. After being Honorably Discharged, he enlisted in the Georgia National Guard. He served 16 years and retired as the 178th Military Police Companys First Sergeant. He served as Camp Guard Commander, Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay Cuba in 2002.
Sheriff Chapman attended Truett-McConnel College and Gwinnett College earning a degree in public service. He completed Command College at Columbus State University in 2011.
Sheriff Chapmans law enforcement career began in 1987 with the City of Monroe Police Dept. He served the Walton County Juvenile Court as an Investigator and later transferred to the Walton County Sheriffs Office, where he held the position of Investigator Sergeant. He was elected Sheriff in 2004.
Sheriff Chapman also serves on the following boards and committees: Child Advocacy Board, Partnership for Children and Youth, DeKalb College Law Enforcement Advisory Board, North East Georgia Police Advisory Board, Lt. Governor Casey Cagles Public Safety Advisory Board and Congressman Rob Woodalls U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Appointment Committee.
Sheriff Chapman is a member of the Georgia Sheriffs Association and currently serves on their Legislative Committee.
Sheriff Chapmans oldest son Jake completed two combat tours in Iraq, and his middle son Josh completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan.