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NCSO promotes 4 officers
Newton County Sheriff's Office Recipients of Promotions
The four officers that receive promotions stand with their certificates. Left to Right: Sergeant Richard Tony Howard, Sergeant Danny Peppers, Sergeant Wade Freeman and Corporal Melvin Chambers.

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County Sheriff's Office promoted three officers to the rank of sergeant and one officer to the rank of corporal at Newton County’s courthouse Wednesday, May 15 according to a NCSO news release.

Sgt. Wade Freeman was promoted to second in command in the Criminal Investigations Division, Sgt. Danny Peppers was promoted to command a shift in the Patrol Division, Sgt. Richard Tony Howard was promoted to command the Special Investigations Unit and Cpl. Melvin Chambers will oversee a shift in the Detention Division. 

Public Communication Officer Sgt. Cortney Morrison believes the newly promoted sergeants and corporal will enhance the overall wellbeing of their units. 

“They will enhance communication, enhance the team building within their units and overall taking on more responsibility,” Morrison said. 

Officers receive promotions based on a list of qualifications that are expected to be properly met.

Minimum Qualifications to become a Sergeant

  • Four years of continuous service with Newton County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Minimum of one-year full service as a Cpl. with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office  
  • P.O.S.T. Certification for the position sought is in good standing
  • Must not be under NCSO disciplinary reckoning period  
  • Candidate shall not be under an active P.O.S.T. investigation  
  • Candidate shall not be under an active NCSO OPS investigation 
  • Valid Georgia Driver’s License

Minimum Qualifications to become Corporal

  • Two years of continuous service with the Sheriff’s Office
  •  Must not be under NCSO disciplinary reckoning period 
  • Candidate shall not be under an active P.O.S.T investigation 
  • Candidate shall not be under an active NCSO OPS investigation
  • Valid Driver’s License in state of residency
  •  Favorable prior evaluations for at least two years

The promotion ceremony was presided over by Sheriff Ezell Brown, Chief Deputy Jerry Carter and Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes.