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Letter: Sheriff of 'Triple Crown' agency seeks fourth term
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To the voters of Newton County: 

I am Ezell Brown, your sheriff since Jan. 1, 2009.  On Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, I proudly announced my candidacy before a large group of church members at Bethlehem Baptist Church saying that I would seek a fourth term as Newton County Sheriff.  

It has been a great honor and privilege to “serve and protect” the citizens of this great county for more than 40 years.  I do not take lightly the vote of confidence placed in me by the citizens of Newton County.  I encourage each of you to look closely at my proven track record and compare my campaign promises with the significant accomplishments during my tenure as Newton County Sheriff.  I can say, with total confidence, promises made … promises kept.  Under my leadership, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office now ranks fourth out of 159 sheriff’s offices in Georgia and currently ranks as one of the top 40 sheriff’s offices in the United States! 

In 2008, you entrusted me with this position because of my many years of experience in the sheriff’s office.  Today, I have 10 successful years of leading this office!  Under my leadership, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office is on the map, attaining “Triple Crown” status.  The “Triple Crown” award was established by the National Sheriff’s Association to recognize those sheriff’s offices that achieve simultaneous accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.  The “Triple Crown” distinction is so rare that since the establishment of the award in 1993, fewer than 100 Sheriff’s Offices in the United States have even qualified!  Furthermore, only five sheriff’s department in Georgia have ever won the “Triple Crown” award.  In addition, I have been honored by my Georgia Sheriff’s Association peers to serve for three years as Region II Vice President and State Chaplain.  

Through our efforts to keep Newton County safe, we have seen a 16 percent decrease in calls for service, a 35 percent decrease in 1st and 2nd-degree burglaries, and all other major crimes are trending down since 2014. Collaborating with the court system, NCSO has implemented an array of programs that assist in rehabilitating inmates before being released back into the community, to include: Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program, Creating Healthy Options Increase Choices to Effective Solutions, Parenting, 12-Step Addiction Recovery, Mental Health Treatment, etc. We are also heavily involved in HOA neighborhood watch programs through our Community Outreach Division.

But many of you know me.  I have prayed with you, mourned with you and shown that I trust and care about you, and I have been fair. I understand the election is a little more than 22 months away. However, I plan to be on the ballot in 2020.  Newton County, we have achieved so much over the last 10 years!  But our work is not complete.  I am excited about all we have accomplished and look forward to “Continuing Our Work Together in Building a Safer and Stronger Community!” May the work I’ve done speak for me.

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown