DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Jack Jones, a private business owner who has been in and out of law enforcement in both Hall and Lumpkin counties since 1998, has announced he will run for Lumpkin County Sheriff in 2020.
Jones worked for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office until 2010 when, he said, politics intervened.
“I received a slap in the face when I stopped the wrong person and tried to charge him with two felonies and a misdemeanor,” Jones said. “I went from a hero to a zero as the result of a traffic stop on a politically-connected subject. I took him to jail and he ended up not being charged and turned over to his dad.”
Jones said he worked there for two more years but was miserable until he transferred to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. The plan, he said, was to fulfill the number of years required to qualify for retirement then run for sheriff.
“I came here to run for sheriff and to be firm, fair and consistent and to change the atmosphere for the employees,” he said.
Jones said he worked as school resource officer (SRO) in Lumpkin County until 2016 when he was moved to the night shift and submitted his resignation.
Jones has run his own pool company for nearly 20 years. He and wife Tonya have four children and attend The Torch church in Dahlonega.
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