DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County residents who attend Monday’s Republican Party meeting at The Bowen Arts Center will be introduced to the 2020 candidates for sheriff – incumbent Jeff Johnson and challengers Jeff Perry and Marcus Sewell.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a 30-minute social. Each candidate will be given 10 minutes to introduce themselves and members of the audience will be permitted to ask questions.
Johnson will be entering the final year of his first term as sheriff in January. The sheriff got off to a rocky start when he filed a lawsuit against the Board of Commissioners for an increase in his budget and lost. More recently, he appeared before the Board to request a pay raise for his employees and Chairman Billy Thurmond explained that – as a constitutional officer – Johnson has the authority to grant a pay raise without Board approval.
Johnson said he believes the office is now in good shape and if he is reelected he wants to expand on some current initiatives such as mental health first responder training and special needs response training.
Following a 27-year career in law enforcement Jeff Perry is now an educator at Dawson County High School where he established the Criminal Justice program. His priorities for the office include managing the budget, officer retention and improved communications with the citizens of Dawson County.
Sewell is a veteran law enforcement officer with 15 years’ experience. He currently serves on the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office command staff where he commands the Criminal Investigation Division. If elected, he has pledged to improve fiscal and personnel management in the Sheriff’s Office.
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