Major Jessica Goings was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and raised in Albuquerque, NM. In 1985, her family moved to Hoffman Estates, Illinois. She graduated from James B. Conant High School in 1989. She later relocated to Georgia in 1991. Major J. Goings began her law enforcement career in 1996 and graduated from the Northeast Georgia Police Academy in 1997. During her tenure, she has taken on an array of roles. She was promoted to Corporal in 2001 and later became a certified Jail training Officer (JTO). She became a Sergeant in 2005, assigned to the Jail Division, and aided as one of the Lieutenant's Assistant Watch commanders on shift. In 2008, she laterally transferred to supervising the Inmate Needs section and then to the Classification Unit in 2010. In 2012, she was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Jail Section as a Watch Commander. In 2016, she rose to Captain becoming the Assistant Operations Commander over the Jail Section. In 2019 she was reassigned as the Administrative Section Commander, where she was responsible for recruitment, accreditation, hiring, investigations, gangs, and training units. She is the head GCIC Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC), ensuring all employees comply with GCIC policies and procedures. Two thousand twenty-one, she elevated to the rank of Major and now oversees the Jail Division.
In 2009 Major J. Goings obtained her Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice; in 2012, she received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. In 2015, she obtained her Master of Science in Psychology (focusing on behavior) while attending The University of Phoenix. Major J. Goings also received her Master of Philosophy in Psychology from Walden University in 2019. Currently, she is aggressively pursuing her Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology, completing her dissertation at Walden University.
Major J. Goings is a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer (MHFA) and Contractor. She is trained to offer Peer-to-Peer Support for Individuals in Distress, A Certified Crisis Intervention Team Responder, A Georgia General Instructor, a Grant writer, and A Verbal De-escalation Train-the-Trainer.
Lastly and most best, she has been married to Captain Tony Goings for the past 23 years. They have eleven children and twelve grandchildren. Major J. Goings is George and Creselda Johnson's daughter and the eldest of two sisters, Lucia Weatherall and Alicia Argudin.