Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown seeks reelection

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown said Wednesday he is "officially launching" his 2012 campaign for reelection with the theme, "Continuing the Work Together." Though he released a statement in November stating his intention to seek the office of sheriff for a second term, Brown said he is now stating his platform.

"Today, I stand proudly and proclaim that I have done everything in my power to carry out the responsibilities of my elected position," Brown stated in a printed release.

Brown said he had accomplished bridging the gap between the Sheriff's Office and all members of the community for crime prevention and intervention; revitalized community watch programs and other neighborhood initiatives; offered an open door for better communication between the Sheriff's Office and other agencies; and offered networking opportunities between public and private sectors, young and old in making Newton County a safe place to live.

He said he is still fighting the war against the "big three -- sex, drugs and violence."

In releasing the statement, Brown acknowledged that the strides he has made in fighting crime were not his alone and he praised Sheriff's Office employees for their dedication to seven internal goals (the first five of which have been met):

-- to enhance customer service/community relations;

-- to become part of the American Jail Association;

-- to establish a specialized criminal investigations division;

-- to implement a crime analysis/action report;

-- to broaden community outreach activities;

-- to become a state-certified agency (70 percent complete);

-- to receive national departmental certification (satisfactory progress being made).

"Four years is not long enough to accomplish all the goals I have set for myself, the Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Newton County," Brown stated. "During my administration we have continuously assessed our office's progress in achieving those initial goals. I take great pride in sharing that each year we have added additional goals. These goals and those achievements form the foundation for my 2012 platform ... As your current sheriff, I ask you to review my record and solicit your support in continuing to 'serve and protect' the citizens of Newton County."


Frustrated 3 years, 6 months ago

Sheriff Brown if you want to get re-elected you should start by having your Deputies patrol our neighborhoods better. I cant tell you when I have seen a Deputy ride through Clearbrook Estates. With the opening of the new Walmart in our area I can only see things getting worse for our area. Seems like our Post 2 Comissioner isnt concerned about it either.


henrystamm 3 years, 6 months ago

Sorry Frustrated. You do not have to see the deputies but they are nearby. We here in the northern part in the county are happy with the sheriff. No more deputies hiding behind trees and arresting people haphazardly without proper evidence, just to enhance the counties treasury. The reaction to calls is great and the investigation to minor teenage crime is excellent. He has my vote and I am not of the black race. Keep it up Ezell.


Frustrated 3 years, 6 months ago

henry I will predict most of those deputies will be moved to the western part of the county soon to handle all the crime happening at the new WalMart. Didnt say I was unhappy with the Sheriff, just wish we could see our tax money at work.


bartsimpson 3 years, 6 months ago

Frustrated, you should contact your county commissioner with these concerns. Sheriff Brown is only given a limited budget to work with. I personally think he does an outstanding job given his limited resources. Our tax revenue is down in part due to the massive delinquencies on property tax collections and foreclosures. It was our commissioners that approved every request to build a subdivision in this county without considering the available law enforcement, fire services, emergency responders and utilities. Progress can be a good thing but well though out progress and future planning are even more valuable. Sheriff Brown, thank you for what you do and keep up the good work.


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