Following In His Footsteps

Robert McMichael II became a police officer in the late ’60s.

He began his career investigating corruption and eventually served as sheriff of Fulton County.

His daughter, Arlene Brooks, followed in his footsteps. She rose to the rank of captain for the training section in the sheriff’s office.

This conversation was recorded in 2018.

Today’s story was produced by Stephen Key and recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts the StoryCorps booth. To hear more stories from Atlanta, visit