COVINGTON -- A longtime school board member hopes to keep his seat after this year's election.
Almond Turner, 61, who also is assistant police chief for the city of Covington Police Department, is running as a Democrat for the District 4 seat on the Newton County Board of Education, a seat he's held for the past 16 years.
"I've never become complacent," he said. "I'm always looking for better ways of doing things -- that's how we grow, and the community has changed over the years."
If reelected, Turner wants to focus on getting more parents involved in education and focusing on good things like the Newton College & Career Academy, which helps to better educate more students.
"I care about all children," he said. "We have to accept them all and that they all have different needs."
He said that over the years, he's developed a relationship with the community and he's seen as responsible, accountable and committed to making sure all students get a quality education.
"I think I bring to the board a level-headedness to be able to discuss issues, and once a decision is made, support it," he said.
Turner said he brings to the table skills like budgeting and policy making and implementation. He has served a chairman of the school board for four one-year terms and as vice chairman the same.
While on the board, Turner was appointed to serve on the Georgia School Boards Association's governmental operations committee and the Federal Relation Network.
He is a lifelong resident of Newton County and began his law enforcement career as an officer with CPD in 1972. He's worked as a crime prevention officer, a lieutenant, in the criminal investigative division and as captain; he's been assistant chief of police since December 1997.
He attended Fort Valley State College as a music major and received an associate's degree in criminal justice from DeKalb Community College and a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Troy University.
He's also a member of the Newton County Community Band and serves on the boards of the Newton County YMCA, the Newton County Community Partnership and the Newton County Leadership Collaborative.