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."