Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division
of the U.S. Army – 1986 to 1990
Carrollton Police Officer 1995 to 2002
Born in January of 1968, the second of seven children, George Mitcham grew up in East Texas where he attended high school at Ford High School in Quinlan, Texas. During high school he played football, basketball, and worked in a variety of jobs including hauling hay and harvesting peaches, okra, peas, and tomatoes. During his senior year, George enlisted in the U.S. Army in the delayed entry program where he would leave for basic training after the summer following his high school graduation. Over that summer after graduation he worked as a nightshift police dispatcher where he fell in love with the inner workings of law enforcement.
He left for basic training in August of 1986 where he completed airborne school and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper in the infantry. During that 4 years he earned his expert infantryman’s badge, was the Task force 2/505 trooper of the year in 1988, and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 33 months.
After leaving the Army in 1993 he began working as a detention officer at the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office while attending East Texas State University. During that time he took time off from school to get licensed as a peace officer and was hired by the Carrollton Police Department while in college. He left college to be a police officer with Carrollton and later returned to school at the University of Texas at Dallas where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. After 6 years in Carrollton he decided to attend Law School where he continued to work in Carrollton as a patrol officer for the first year of his Law School education.
After graduation from Law School he began to work for the Denton County District Attorney’s Office in 2005 and is currently a felony prosecutor in Denton. George has prosecuted cases ranging from assault to aggravated robbery and has worked in the justice system from arrest, book-in, and prosecution through sentencing in every aspect from beginning to the end of a criminal case. He is currently assigned to the intake division of the District Attorney’s Office handling felony drug cases.
George is married to his wife Dona who he met while attending East Texas State University and they have lived in Denton County for almost 19 years. They have two children, John and Danielle. Dona is a graphic designer and both George and Dona have worked hard to raise their children while managing two full time professions.