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Rockdale sheriff announces re-election bid

Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington

Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington

CONYERS -- Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington made it official by announcing Wednesday he will run for re-election to a fifth term this year.

Wigington, 52, said he had made up his mind to seek reelection for some time but waited to make a formal announcement.

"We do have crime, but we're very proactive and we have a strong judicial system and those things do provide a deterrent," he said. "We have a great team here with experience, and I want to continue to make a difference."

Wigington has been sheriff since 1996 when he defeated incumbent Sheriff Guy Norman. He defeated Democratic candidate Donald Ferguson in the 2008 General Election.

Wigington joins Ferguson as announced candidates for sheriff in the 2012 elections. Ferguson announced his intentions for another run in August.

Wigington cited his experience in law enforcement. He began his career as a radio dispatcher and jailer in high school with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office. He worked his way up to lieutenant before being elected sheriff.

He also noted under his tenure, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has been certified by the Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program since 2002. The certification requires agencies to enact professionally sound policies and practices.

Wigington also gives credit to his staff, deputies and investigators. RCSO employees have had access to college level training through the Professional Management Program taught through Columbus State University.

"I can't do the job alone and, like I said, we have a great team here," he said. "They have the experience and training to keep Rockdale County safe, and I want to keep that going."

On the fiscal side, Wigington said voters should consider his office's track record of obtaining alternative funding from state and federal grants and forfeited assets for purchases of vehicles and equipment.

He also has overseen construction of a women's jail annex, administration building, maintenance facility and expansion of the main jail.

Wigington and his wife, Beth, are life-long residents of Rockdale County and are active members of Union United Methodist Church. They have three adult sons.

For more information on Wigington's campaign, go to www.jeffwigington.com.