Good blog FromMyPOV. I would say you could transfer all of your ideas for a good sheriff to many offices we will vote on in the July primary and the November general election.
At least, we should take a little time to learn about the candidates and make the best decision we can at the polls.
Thanks for posting.
Jim, I'd like to see some coverage in the Herald on the candidates. I'm not really familiar with any of them - thankfully not having need of the services of the Sheriff's office. And, I haven't read or heard of any local forums/debates where the candidates express their views on law enforcement.
@Bryant - I, too, would like to see more coverage about the candidates. I would like to recommend that people visit the candidates' personal websites to check out their positions on issues.
The following is a URL to a Herald story on the three candidates back in March:
There will be more coverage during qualifying in May and leading up to the July primary.
I have a question.... I see that you posted that two canididates have retired from the GSP. It was my understanding that these canidiates are both on disablility from the GSP. I would like to know which is true. I would also wonder how these canididates if they are on disability from the State would be able to perform the duties of Sheriff. Also would they still be able to receive disablitly checks from the State. Any info would be helpful to better understand the nature of all candidates.
Good Point, Harryboro. I'd like to know this too. We definitely need a sheriff who is phycially and mentally able to meet the demands of the office. ....Please don't think that I'm trying to imply that Sheriff Anderson isn't the right pick - just trying to get people to pay attention.
I visited all the sites you listed, POV (wondering why Howard's is called 'vote4possum' when his website is keithhoward4sheriff.com...). Howard only says he was "an employee" of the Georgia State Patrol, not that he was a trooper. Sisson DOES state that he was a trooper, but neither of them address the issue of disability. Frankly, the sheriff's job is an administrative one, primarily, and does not require the occupant to be physically fit.
Even though it's a constitutional office and its holder is beholden only to his electorate, it would be nice to SEE the office-holder once in a while, see him interacting and cooperating with the county's other agencies, wouldn't it?
Ok ---- Like I stated before the word around town is that the two running against Anderson for sheriff are currently receiving disability from the state...in lieu of retirement. I have be told that the state does this as a way to help cut cost on a retirement plan. Cheaper to place on disability then to let them retire....My question to the candidates would be if elected will they give up the disability checks they might be currently receiving. Seems fair that if a person can hold the office of Sheriff they should be willing to give up any disability benefits they receive. Justs seems like it would be the right thing to do.
It does seem reasonable that a condition of receiving disability income would be that the recipient does not go on to perform the same work at another location that he was deemed incapable of at the first.
The state of Georgia offers Disability Retirement for law enforcement. It is not like regular disability. And, in order you use their POST certification to obtain another job in law enforcement the troopers would no longer be able to receive disability from the GSP.
would be glad to meet with anyone who would like to talk to me and clear up any rumors/questions. E-mail me @ email@example.com..I'll tell you all about my years as a business owner, firefighter, deputy and state trooper along with any other questions you have and as you know if you are from the south you got to have a nickname to be legal...
Mr. Howard, rather than ask people to email you with their questions, wouldn't it be more expedient to simply answer the questions here? That way, everyone gets the answers. I believe the main question on this forum is "Are you receiving disability benefits from your time as a Georgia State Trooper?" If yes, will you have to relinquish those benefits if you're elected the Sheriff of Bulloch County (this is presuming you'll need your POST certification for the job...or do you?) Thank you.
am not receiving disability benefits from gsp. As someone stated earlier the stae will give you a medical retirement if you have a on the job injury as i do and the required length of duty time to receive a medical. Sheriff is required to be post certified which i will do when elected. Medical retirement benefits will be frozen when elected. I would rather have a debate or talk to someone in person or on the phone as i am not good with conversing on the computer. if you go to my website you can see how to contact me by these means, Thank you for your intrest in the sheriffs race and i agree we need to look real deep into who will do the best job year round not just 6-8 months out of the last year of a 4 year term
Mr. Howard .... thankyou for trying to clear that up. I feel like most do that it would be best for the benefits to be frozen while serving as sheriff of Bulloch Co. Now can we hear from the other candidate.