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NCSO honors officers at annual awards ceremony
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Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown looks back on the history of sheriff in Newton County. (Jackie Gutknecht | The Covington News)

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) honored its own and remembered a fallen brother Friday night as the department held its Eighth Annual Awards Ceremony.

After dining on barbecue at the Newton College and Career Academy, honorees, their families and other attendees, including elected officials and members of the local law enforcement community moved to the Porter Auditorium for the awards ceremony.

The event was emceed by Lt. Paul Gunter and Sgt. Courtney Morrison of the NCSO. The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Craig Lockhart, deputy superintendent of the Newton County School System.

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Terry Norris and Jack Simpson also delivered remarks. Sheriff Brown introduced Simpson, 92, as the oldest certified peace officer in the United States.

A video tribute to fallen Deputy Justin White was shown. Deputy White died in November 2016 from injuries he received in a vehicle accident while responding to a call. Sheriff Brown told the audience that Deputy White was the first Newton County deputy to die in the line of duty in the 170+ year history of the NCSO. Deputy White’s family was in attendance at the ceremony.

“Justin will live forever in our hearts,” the sheriff said.

Deputy White was also honored posthumously at the ceremony.


The 2016 Newton County Sheriff’s Office Award recipients are:

Deputy of the Year: Corporal Justin Powell

Employee of the Year: Detention Officer Brad Wilson

Rookie of the Year: Detention Officer Steve Berry


Division Deputy of the Year:

Court Services Division: Deputy Oscar Roger

Criminal Investigation Division: Sgt. Cortney Morrison

Detention Division: Lt. Selena Williams

Uniform Patrol Division: Cpl. Wesley Dickerson

Special Investigations Unit: Cpl. Richard Howard



Sgt. Courtney Morrison

Cpl. Colin Cunningham

Deputy James Stevens

Deputy Jacob Rice

Deputy Justin White

Cpl. Danny Peppers


Humanitarian: Deputy Christopher Bowles

Investigator of the Year: Investigator Brent Morrison

Explorer of the Year: Destiny Cook


Purple Heart: Fallen Investigator Justin White


Retirement Recognition:

Deputy Tommy Davis

Deputy Robert Scott

Awards for years of service were also presented at the ceremony.