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Posted: April 12, 2012 9:34 p.m.

Covington Police Cpt. to run for Sheriff

Lifelong Newton County resident and Covington Police Captain Phillip Bradford announced today that he plans to run for Sheriff of Newton County in the upcoming election.

Born and raised in Newton County, Bradford started with the Covington Police when he was 18-years-old and worked in the jail for two years until he was old enough to go on the road.

During the last 26 years, Bradford has served as a detective with the CPD, a street cop on the night shift and on the DEA Task Force. He started the Viper Unit in 1998 and worked as the commander of both the East Metro Drug

Enforcement Team and the Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit. He was promoted to captain in 2011 and currently serves over the Criminal Investigation Division. He also attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy.

"I have done basically everything at the Covington Police Department you can do except D.A.R.E.," he said Thursday.
Bradford's life of service is something he came by honestly. His father Herman was a CPD officer and went on the to Newton County Sheriff's Office before heading to the District Attorney's office where he retired after 34 years in law enforcement. His mother Maggie worked for Superior Court Judges Greely Ellis and John Ott before retiring after 32 years of service.

"I have been serving the citizens of this county for over half my life," he said. "My whole family has always been here serving. I am running because I think I have shown my commitment to the citizens of the county and I want to continue to serve and do what I love doing." Bradford is running as a Republican. He and his wife Dalleen have been married for 19 years and have three children.

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