Sgt. Noel Brown, left, and Chief Deputy Jared Akins, right. (Source: WTOC)
BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) -
The race to succeed retiring Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson has the two candidates, who face off next week, answering questions on everything from recruiting and retaining deputies, to the best ways to fight or prevent crime in Bulloch County.
Both candidates come from within the department, each with years of experience. Neither suggests radical changes.
“I watched Sheriff Anderson take over and I even told him once when he retired, I'd like the chance to take over because I feel like I have the leadership qualities,” said Sgt. Noel Brown.
“We have a good sheriff's office existing now. We want to keep that and continue to push progress forward,” said Chief Deputy Jared Akins.
The office now includes 130 employees, a $10 million budget, and houses 400 jail inmates. The sheriff's office has grown as Bulloch County's population surged.
Candidates say the challenge is growing while still being personable to the public.
“We have to account for that growth and make sure we have enough deputies, that we have enough jail space. It's all a matter of growing with the community,” said Akins.
“When you walk in that front door, you should not be a report and forgotten, that there should be follow through no matter how small or big it is. It's important to that person who walked through the door,” said Brown.
Both men know the election isn't over next week.
The winner of this primary will face off with Democrat Keith Howard in November.