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Anthony Kessler is a deputy sheriff with the Clayton County Sheriff's Office, who began his law enforcement career in 1998, when he transferred from another department within county government.

Kessler's first assignment was in jail operations and while there he progressed to becoming a member of the jail training team, instructing newly employed correctional officers. His present assignment is with community based programs, with emphasis on reviving community interaction with law enforcement through such programs as Outreach, Neighborhood Watch, TRIAD, and others.

Kessler has achieved advanced certification levels as a law enforcement officer. He holds Intermediate Law Enforcement certification and other specialized certificates, such as General Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor. He was selected to attend the Clayton County Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services Academy and currently holds Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician, and Emergency Medical Instructor certificates. He also serves as a volunteer E.M.T. for the county fire department.

Kessler was born in Kansas City, Kansas, where most of his family remains, and moved to Clayton County in 1992. Prior to coming to Georgia he was a criminal justice major at the University of Kentucky and is presently a marketing major at Clayton College and State University. He served four years of active duty in the U.S. Army Infantry, much of that as part of a M-60 machine gun crew, and another six years with the Georgia National Guard as part of a heavy mortar squad. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War, having fought in Iraq as part of the 187th Infantry Regiment/101st Airborne.