Massive mail theft discovered in North Georgia

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — According to a Facbook post from the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, thousands of pieces of stolen mail have now been recovered.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said the theft spanned over five counties in North Georgia.

The Sheriff thanked those whose work led to the discovery of the missing mail. “Nice work to all the deputies and investigators involved with the solving of a huge mail theft case,” he said.

Jarrard added that the victims of the mail theft will be contacted shortly.

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Sheriff’s Association accuses Fulton DA of political grandstanding

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard and the Georgia Sheriff’s Association have accused Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard of political grandstanding for charging two Atlanta police officers in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks even before a GBI investigation had been completed.

Howard announced Thursday that he has charged Garrett Rolfe with felony murder and Devin Brosnan with aggravated assault.

In a letter issued last week, the Sheriff’s Association responded by accusing Howard of acting in his own self-inerest.

The letter states, “The Fulton County District Attorney is in the political fight of his life, and as part of his ongoing campaign strategy has chosen to hastily investigate and charge the two Atlanta police officers involved in the tragic death of Rayshard Brooks.

“Howard has trampled on the rights of Officer Garrett Rolfe and Officer Devin Brosnan and has further allowed this tragic incident to be more about his re-election than justice for the officers involved, the Atlanta Police Department and the citizens of our state.,” the letter states.

Howard is involved in a heated runoff election against fellow Democrat Fani Williams who has accused the D.A. with corrupt dealings through his nonprofit organization. Williams outpolled Howard 42 percent to 35 percent in the June 9 General Primary. The runoff election is set for Aug. 11.

Sheriff’s challenger a no-show at Chamber of Commerce forum

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Although Lumpkin County voters have already elected him three times, Sheriff Stacy Jarrard still felt it was important for him to appear before them to ask for their vote in person in the June 9 General Primary election. His opponent, Jack Jones, felt differently.

Jones was a no-show at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce teleconference sponsored by Debbie and Chuck Jones Tuesday (May 19). Event moderator Robb Nichols read a prepared statement from Jones explaining his absence.

In an email addressed to Nichols, Jones said, “I am sorry to say that I will have to respectfully decline. At this point, the safety of my family and the citizens of Lumpkin County means the most to me. I need to lead by example when it comes to this gathering that could potentially infect other citizens or myself.”

Nichols said, “The staff and I organized this event to ensure the health of the candidates and volunteers present.”

Jarrard said he was surprised at Jones’ refusal to appear.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Jarrard added, “Being sheriff, you can’t pick and choose when you show up for the citizens. I have to take a high dose chemo medicine every day but I was there. I’m willing to give my life for this community.”

Jarrard, 52, is a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. He has been in law enforcement 32 years and sheriff for 12. He and his wife Rebecca, who works at the middle school, have three children, McKenzie, Brianna and Luke. He teaches an adult Sunday school class.

Jarrard said being in law enforcement is the dream of a lifetims. He was elected by his law enforcement peers to serve as President of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association this year. He is also the past president of Georgia Youth Homes.

“I work on issues every day not only here in Lumpkin County, but throughout the state with the Georgia Sheriff’s Association,” he said. “I’m just thankful to be here as your sheriff.”

Asked about the FY 2021 budget and what impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the Sheriff’s Office, Jarrard said he met with County Manager Stan Kelley last week to discuss the budget.

“We’ve worked on that already,” he said. The Sheriff’s Office has operated under budget every year of his tenure. One reason, he said is because, “I’ve brought in close to $5 million housing out-of-county inmates to help offset the taxes here in the community. For the last 12 years, we’ve always been able to give money back to the county.”

Jarrard said he posts the Sheriff’s Office budget on Facebook for the public to see. “You can see exactly what the sheriff’s office is spending.”

Jarrard also spoke about improvements that have been made since he was first elected. “We went through a certification program with the state of Georgia where we got certified three times and we also got the medical association to do the certification program at the medical facility inside the jail to show were operating at a high standard there. We’ve upgraded the 911 center making it a state-of-the art 911 center.”

That fact that he has established a good work relationship with state and federal law enforcement agencies was clearly evident last September as hundreds of demonstrators and counter protesters gathered in downtown Dahlonega for the “American Patriot Rally for President Trump.”

When he found out the event was planned, Jarrard sent out emails for assistance and 600 law enforcement officers from 36 local, state and federal agencies responded to keep the peace. The event ended peacefully without injury or property damage.

“There are four recent events where I’ve shown I have been successful,” he said. “I’ve had cancer and worked through it. I went through the Rainbow gathering week and was successful with that. I went through the political rally this past September. Now I’m going through the COVID virus pandemic and I’m still here for this community.”

He closed by saying, “I would be honored to serve you again for another term.”

 

 

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard makes strong case for reelection           

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – The first time he campaigned for Lumpkin County Sheriff in 2008, Stacy Jarrard promised to turn the agency into one of the most professional sheriff’s offices in Georgia. Thirteen months later, Lumpkin County became only the 13th sheriff’s office to achieve state certification.

Promise made. Promise kept.

Now, Jarrard is seeking his fourth term in office and he has built quite a resume for himself and the agency. After 31 years of carrying a badge and gun, Jarrard, 52, was named President of the powerful Georgia Sheriff’s Association last year, giving Lumpkin County a strong voice among state legislators.

He has been voted Best Elected Official 11 years in a row and Best Law Enforcement Officer 12 consecutive years.

But Jarrard is most proud of the 95 employees of the Sheriff’s Office. “We train as hard as we can throughout the year,” he said. “The state of Georgia only requires law enforcement officers to have 20 hours of in-service training a year. We require 60 hours. I believe in being the best trained agency we can be.”

Despite their level of training and professionalism, Jarrard says, “I’m always worried about their safety. When the phone rings, you’re always concerned about what is going on, what has happened. It’s like sitting on an egg shell. You’re always wondering if it’s going to crack somewhere.”

Jarrard’s concern intensified in the Summer of 2018 when approximately 4,000 out-of-county people descended on Lumpkin County for the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering then again  one year later at a pro-Trump rally on the square.

“Both had a potential to be real problems,” Jarrard said. “I’m thankful both ended well. Whenever you’re putting a plan together in that type situation where there is a potential for loss of life or loss of property. There was a lot of sleepless nights for me leading up to both events because of so much friction. But, as sheriff, you have to stay neutral. You can’t take sides.”

Jarrard said he is also proud of the advancement in technology at the 911 Center. “Our 911 system is unbelievable. It is state-of-the-art with the technology we have there now and we’re working on a system that will allow the public to text 911.”

Asked about the challenge of the next few years, Jarrard said the budget is a concern.

“We still have some growing to do,” he said. More upgrades of equipment are needed at the Justice Center and the roof at the detention center is 20 years old. “We will have to start roof repairs soon. We also need to get the pay up and we need better insurance rates for our employees.”

As a constitutional officer, Jarrard recognizes that he is required to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars.

“Housing out-of-county inmates like we have done for years, brings money into the community to help offset taxes,” he said. “It’s important the sheriff has the mindset to do that. I have that mindset.” He estimates that the county receives between $400,000 and $600,000 annually.”

Jarrard serves the community in many other ways. He has served on the Boards of Enotah Family Drug Court Foundation, Child Fatality Review Board, Lumpkin County Family Connection and No One Alone: Family Violence.

He and wife Rebecca have been married 16 years and have three children, McKenzie, Briana and Luke.

 

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LCHS announces upcoming REACH Adult Field Day event

Community, Education

DAHLONEGA, GA

Leadership Lumpkin Class of 2019 and Lumpkin County High School will host the second annual REACH Adult Field Day event on March 28, 2020.

Leadership Lumpkin Class of 2019, partnered with Lumpkin County Schools, hosts the event and according to LLC’s social media page, “The mission of the Leadership Lumpkin County Class of 2019 is to have an indelible and positive impact on the Lumpkin County community by advancing the post-secondary educational opportunities for these local students…We believe that by seeking collaboration with local businesses, community members, and sponsors, we will have a progressive impact on the future of our children. held each year to raise money in order to help underprivileged Lumpkin County students excel academically and reach their future goals.”

Last year, over 53% of  LC students received free or reduced lunches, 150 students were homeless, and Lumpkin County had approximately 25% of their students receive a college or technical college post-secondary education. LCHS assistant principal, Jason Lemley, told FYN, “We have a goal to raise $20,000 this year!  We raised over $15,000 last year, and we are confident we can get to 20K.  We already have our first sponsor, and we will be reaching out to many others soon.  Last year was a great first year, and we want this to grow year after year.  Even if you don’t participate on a team, come out and enjoy the hilarious “talent” and join us for a day of fun!”

The event will be at the Lumpkin County High School. For more information, contact Mr. Lemley at LCHS.

 

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McDaniel accepts plea deal in child molestation case

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

Erica McDaniel, 34, was sentenced to 15 years —  three to serve and 12 on probation — after pleading guilty to one count of child molestation during her court trial on Friday, Sept. 13.

McDaniel was arrested in September of 2018 for sexual misconduct with a minor that took place over a one-year span for included one count of child molestation and two counts of statutory rape. According to court records, McDaniel and her lawyer, Andrew Richman, entered a plea deal for one count of child molestation. According to the terms laid out in the plea deal, she will serve three years of her sentence in confinement, and the remainder will be served on probation.

In addition to the sentencing, court records reveal that McDaniel is also barred from Lumpkin County, “or the Enotah Judicial Circuit during the period of probation for any reason whatsoever.” Contact with the victim and/or his family is also prohibited.

McDaniel is also required by law to register as a sex offender, that will prohibit her from having contact with minors, residing with a minor, having images of minors, or entering relationships with anyone who is a parent or guardian of minors, with the exception being her own children.

The other two counts of statutory rape were dropped under Nolle Prosequi (NOL PROS), meaning “we shall no longer prosecute.” NOL PROS is used as a legal statement of dropped charges from the prosecutor in a criminal case.

 

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Update: Missing woman’s body found in Forsyth Co.

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard announced today the body of 21-year-old Hannah Bender, has been found in a partially-wooded, partially-pasture land area off Parks Road in Forsyth County.

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Hannah Bender

Authorities with the Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation were led to the discovery through leads developed during the investigation.

Ms. Bender’s mother reported her missing Sept. 14 and a murder warrant was issued for her one-time boyfriend Austin Todd Stryker, 21, of Dawson County. Authorities also want to talk to 78-year-old Jerry Harper they describe as a person of interest.

Investigators found a black Ford Ranger pickup truck on Monday near where the body was discovered they believe belongs to Harper.

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Austin Todd Stryker

The West Virginia State Patrol Facebook page reports that Stryker was seen in Clay County, West Virginia.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Marcus Sewell at 706-974-6824.

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Murder suspect Stryker spotted in West Virginia

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CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. — A Dawson County man wanted for murder has been spotted in Clay County, W. Va. according to a post on the West Virginia State Police Facebook Page.

Austin Todd Stryker, 22, was wearing blue jeans and a maroon shirt when he was spotted in Clay County late last night.

Lumpkin County has an outstanding murder warrant in connection with the disappearance of 21-year-old Hannah Bender who has been missing and is presumed deceased after her bloody clothing was located.

Carol Gilreath, Bender’s mother said she hasn’t heard from her daughter in 10 days. “My little girl is never coming back,” Gilreath told WSB-TV today. “She’s not coming back because she’d never do her mom like that.”

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said yesterday that another Dawson County man, 78-year-old Jerry Harper, is a person of interest in the case.

Anyone with information regarding Bender, Stryker or Harper, please contact Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Captain Marcus Sewell at 706-974-6824.

Many downtown businesses will close on 9.14 due to rally

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DAHLONEGA, GA

The list of local businesses on the historic Dahlonega square that will be closed on September 14 has steadily increased as the impending rally approaches.

Some of the first businesses to announce closing on the 14th are, Spirits Tavern, Gustavo’s, and Knuckles Sandwich Shop. Spirits posted on their reason for closing on their Facebook page, which was later shared by Knuckles  “Spirits Tavern will be closed on this day (Saturday, September 14). The safety of our employees and guests are our highest priority. The revenue lost is not worth acknowledging hate of any kind.”

Since then, several other businesses have taken to social media to announce their closing on 9.14, including Mayor Sam Norton’s business, the Picnic Cafe and Dessertery. According to Picnic Cafe’s Facebook page, “It’s not always about the dollar. Family values and a sense of community are what most businesses on the Square are about here in Dahlonega. We will close Saturday, September 14th and encourage others to be home with their family. We will reopen the day after these disruptive protests and counter-protests. We look forward to seeing you on Make-Up Monday (9/16/19).”

Crimson Moon told FYN that they will be closed during the day and open only to host the concert scheduled for Saturday night. Capers on the Square, Brad Walker Pottery, Paul Thomas Chocolates, The Dahlonega General Store, Jolie Day Spa, Walking Ghost Tours, and Studio Jewelers are amongst the businesses that will also be closed. The Dahlonega Farmer’s Market is also canceled for 9.14.

While many downtown businesses will be closed, there are some who will remain open, or open later Saturday evening. This includes The Fudge Factory and Outlaw Jerky will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, 19 Degrees North, Pueblos, Grapevines, Johnny B’s, Naturally Georgia, Giggle Monkey Toys, Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, and Bourbon Street Grille, (downstairs dining only) will all remain open.

Deb Rowe, owner of Shenanigan’s and Bourbon Street Grille, explained that they will remain open, but the upstairs dining area and balcony area of Bourbon Street will be closed. Patrons will still have the option to dine downstairs at Bourbon Street. Both businesses expressed support and appreciation not for the rally, but for the many law enforcement officers and emergency personnel who will be diligently working to keep everyone safe during the rally,

“Shenanigans and Bourbon Street will be open on Saturday 9/14, offering our employee discount of 30% to all emergency personnel. We are aware that many businesses are taking a different approach, and that’s just as understandable. We will stand in the confidence of our law enforcement to monitor and protect, as well as being steadfast with safety and security ourselves. In addition to our local emergency personnel, there are several hundreds of additional officers coming to serve our community and it is our hope that after a contained and uneventful demonstration, we will be able to serve them in appreciation of their service to us all.”

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City Council approves ordinances that impact upcoming events

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Dahlonega City Council held a special called meeting on September 5 and approved ordinances that impact coming events, including the well-publicized Sept. 14 rally in support of President Donald Trump.

Ordinance 2019-24 will help regulate the time, place, and manner of “planned and spontaneous demonstrations on public property.” According to Dahlonega Mayor Sam Norton the ordinance, “Gives the city manager the authority to issue an order and broad discretion on how to investigate the time, manner, and place [of city events].”

According to 2019-24, the city manager is, “Authorized to issue content-neutral time, place, and manner regulations to govern upcoming demonstrations and counter-demonstrations in the city,” through written orders.

With this, the city manager will have the authority to “restrict the time and length of the event or place regulations on the number of participants who may gather or congregate upon public property, public sidewalks, public rights-of-way, and places of public assembly to which the public has access.” The purpose is to protect the “public’s use and enjoyment of public spaces.”

Dahlonega City Manager Bill Schmid explained that those who wish to participate in demonstrations held on public property would be designated to a specific “free-speech zone,” where they would also be required to follow any rules set forth by the city. Schmid explained that there would be, “Signage created to identify the rules,” and they would also be posted on the internet and handed out to participants as they arrive at the event.

City Marshal Jeff Branyon explained that law enforcement would be present to ensure all participants followed the regulations, and the proposed rules will be available online for the public prior to the event. The Council also set a “Sunset Date” for December 31, at which time they will revisit the ordinance and make any necessary changes or adjustments.

Ordinance 2019-25 will restrict the use of drones during festivals or large events that are held in the city on public property, and although they will be permitted otherwise, the City Council must be notified prior to use; those who wish to fly drones over the city on public property, will have the option to notify the proper persons online.

“This is a public safety issue,” explained Braynon. He also stated that the University of North Georgia Drill Field is designated as a landing pad in the event of an emergency, and the use of drones during festivals and large events may interfere.

 

 

Dahlonega City Hall announces special called meeting

Community, Feature News

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Dahlonega City Council will hold a special called meeting at the Dahlonega City Hall on September 5, at 4:30pm to discuss Ordinance 2019-time, manner, and place, and Ordinance 2019-25.

According to City Hall, Ordinance 2019 is, “An ordinance regulating planned and spontaneous demonstrations on public property.” Ordinance 2019-25 is, “An ordinance to encourage innovative and safe uses of unmanned aircraft while addressing concerns about accountability.”

The public is encouraged to attend.

 

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Larson announces plans to run for re-election City Council Post 6

Community, Politics

DAHLONEGA, GA

City Councilman, Ron Larson, confirmed that he will run for re-election for the Post 6 Dahlonega City Council seat.

Larson has served as a City Councilman since 2016, and in a recent social media post he announced, “I registered today to run for re-election to the Dahlonega City Council, Post #6. Election day is November 5th. I hope I can count on your support to serve you for another 4 years (2020-2023). It has been an honor to represent the citizens of Dahlonega since January 2016. Thank you!”

Post 6 Councilman, Ron Larson at the grand opening of new Yahoola splash pad. Photo Credit: Lumpkin County Government

Larson is also a part-time lecturer at the University of North Georgia, in the Mike Cottrell College of Business Department of Management and Marketing, where he teaches management, ethics, and strategic

planning. He is also a member of the Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary, where he served as the club president from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. His extensive work experience includes serving as the manager of Achasta golf community, manager for The Lake Club at Reynolds Plantation, as well as several CFO positions, since 1981.

Led by Larson in 2018, the Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary Club raised $20k for the assistance of the Lumpkin County Commission with the expedited installation of the Yahoola Creek Park splash pad for the benefit of Lumpkin County. During his current tenure as Post 6 City Councilman, Larson supported the installation of the Wayfare Signs around the Dahlonega City Square, the Historic Dahlonega Shuttle service, and the Dahlonega Gold Adventure All-Abilities park, as well as several other projects that have benefited Lumpkin County.

Election Day will be on November 5, 2020.

Post 6 Councilman, Ron Larson. Photo Credit: Ron Larson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chestatee Artists Group announces new Folk School

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DAHLONEGA, GA

The Dahlonega Chestatee Artists Group has opened registration for their upcoming Folk School from now until September 27, 2019. The first classes of the Folk School will be held the weekend of October 11 through October 13, beginning Friday evening at 7p.m. until 9p.m. and ending Sunday around 11:30a.m.

Credit: Beth Stull Morning Glow

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, September 12 for those interested in learning more about the mission of Chestatee Artists, the Folk School, and to meet the instructors. The meeting will be at 6p.m., in the United Community Bank Community Room.

According to their website, a variety of categories will be offered to the public, “Our Folk School classes will be held in our beautiful city of Dahlonega twice a year with some of the finest instructors in many exciting categories. Leatherwork, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, wire wrapping, jewelry making, weaving and more.”

Instructor, Oscar Rayneri, teaching at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

 

 

For those who cannot attend in October, a second Folk School will be offered in March of 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dahlonega City Council announces public hearing to discuss millage rate

Politics

DAHLONEGA, GA

The Dahlonega City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 15, to discuss setting the 2019 millage and the adoption of the 2020 Fiscal Year Budget. The meeting will take place at the Dahlonega City Hall at 4:00p.m., immediately before the City Council Work Session.

The Work Session will cover department reports from the following:

  • Dahlonega City Marshal
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Finance Department
  • Public Works Department
  • Water and Waste Water Plants Department
  • Cemetery Committee

Other topics to be discussed:

  • 2019 LMIG Off System Safety Vendor Selection for Signs & Stripes
  • Ordinance 2019-14 Dilapidated Structure
  • Memo RE DOR (Department of Revenue) Sales Tax Information
  • Banking Services Contract Renewal

 

Boil water advisory in effect for Crooked Creek Subdivision

Community, Health

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to a press release from the Lumpkin County Water and Sewerage Authority,

“LCWSA experienced a water main break in the Crooked Creek Subdivision which caused a localized loss of system pressure. When this occurs a potential health hazard may exist in these areas of zero pressure from backflow of water of unknown quality into the water system. In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all Crooked Creek residents that live on High Creek Drive, White Oak Trail and Oak Springs Trail that have experienced a water outage and/or low pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Once LCWSA has tested the water and confirmed that the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption, LCWSA will post a message on Lumpkin County’s Website and at High Creek Drive to notify the public that the boil water advisory has been lifted. If you have questions please call LCWSA at 706-867-6580.”

 

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LC Sheriff inducted as president of Georgia Sheriff’s Association

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DAHLONEGA, GA

Lumpkin County Sheriff, Stacy Jarrard, was sworn in as the 2019-20 president of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association (GSA) on Thursday, July 25 during their annual Sheriff’s Summer Conference.

The conference is typically three days, ending with the induction ceremony. This year, the conference was located at Lake Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge and went from Tuesday, July 23 until Thursday, July 25.

Jarrard was sworn in by Lumpkin County Probate Judge, Michael Chastain. Judge Chastain told FYN that it was “certainly an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to administer the oath to the officers of the Georgia Sheriffs Association, and in particular Sheriff Jarrard…As a resident of Lumpkin County, I am very proud of what Sheriff Jarrard has accomplished during his tenure as our Sheriff and during his career in law enforcement.” Chastain also explained why he felt Jarrard was “well suited to serve as the president of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association,” with the main reason being that he was “elected to the position by his peers…As a whole, the 159 Sheriff’s of the state of Georgia chose him to serve as their representative. This shows me an incredible amount of confidence in his abilities from the people who know best what is needed to be successful in the position.”

When asked what he hoped to accomplish as GSA president, Jarrard told FYN that his main goal was to make it so that Georgia’s local jailers, dispatchers, and anyone working in public safety would be able to receive Peace Officer’s Annuity and Benefits (POAB), “Unfortunately, when people first enter law enforcement, they have to work without it counting towards their retirement. I want to make that happen….Just like with a lot of professions, the entry-level employees are the hardest working of the whole establishment…that’s what I’m working hard for; I have a year to try and make this happen.”

Before being elected as GSA president, Jarrard had to work his way through the GSA, including being president of the GSA youth homes for  three years, “I was already planting bugs at that time that I was going to run for this [GSA President] and that’s what my main mission was [POAB for all public safety employees].”

Lumpkin County Coroner, Jim Sheppard, attended the ceremony with his wife, Rhonda, and their daughter. Sheppard also expressed his elation over Jarrard as GSA president, “I am so, so proud of Stacy. Him being named the president of the GSA just furthers our footprint here in North Georgia that Lumpkin County is one of the top counties when it comes to elected officials, public support, the community, and the partnerships we’ve created together…he’s [Jarrard] is going to be a major player down at the capital. He’s going to have a strong voice.”

Former GSA president, Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson, told Fetch Your News that during his term, his number one goal was to, “restore and rebuild bridges with our state politicians.” Nicholson further explained that collectively, the main priority of the GSA is public safety. He described his experience of handing the gavel over to Jarrard as a “very rewarding experience. I was very happy to hand over the gavel to Sheriff Jarrard; I feel like he’s going to do a great job.”

The GSA was founded in 1954 and is a non-profit corporation that is limited to 159 elected sheriffs who support the law enforcement community. According to the GSA website, their mission is, “To promote and further professionalize the Office of Sheriff in order to enhance public safety throughout Georgia.”

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