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Baldwin County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 45,720 people, 16,788 households, and 10,373 families living in the county. The county seat is Milledgeville, which was developed along the Oconee River.

Baldwin County Election Updates

Date: 1/31/2020
Article Title: Bill Massee seeking 9th term as Sheriff
Source: The Union-Recorder
Summary: Bill Massee announced that he will seek re-election to his ninth term. His current 4-year term expires on 12/31/2020.

Bibb County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 155,547. Bibb County is the largest county in the Macon metropolitan area.

Bibb County Election Updates

Date: 10/6/2020
Article Title: Law enforcement is evolving’: Bibb County Sheriff candidates talk race relations, use-of-force
Source: First Coast News
Summary: Interviews with both candidates about law enforcement accountability, use of force, and training in the wake of national protests against killings of Black people by police.


Date: 10/19/2020
Article Title: Bibb County Sheriff candidates share plans to tackle violent crime
Source: 13WMAZ ABC
Summary: Video interview and coverage with the 2020 candidates.


Date: 10/28/2020
Article Title: Bibb County Sheriff candidates talk how to deal with over 4,000 outstanding warrants
Source: 13WMAZ ABC
Summary: Video interview and coverage with the 2020 candidates.

Bulloch County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 70,217 people, 25,575 households, and 14,789 families living in the county. The county seat is Statesboro.

Bulloch County Election Updates

Date: 10/21/2020
Article Title: Bulloch Co. sheriff, candidate square off in virtual forum
Source: WTOC 11
Summary: Debate over management of the sheriff’s office in virtual candidates forum.


Date: 11/4/2020
Article Title: Brown wins second term as sheriff
Source: Statesboro Herald

Burke County is a county located along the eastern border of the U.S. state of Georgia in the Piedmont. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,316 people, 8,533 households, and 6,110 families living in the county. The county seat is Waynesboro.

Burke County Election Updates

Date: 6/16/2020
Article Title: Burke County sheriff facing criticism after comments on the shooting of Rayshard Brooks
Source: Fox 54 News Now
Summary: “Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd were murdered and the persons responsible need to be in jail and put away from us, because we are afraid of people like that. We’re not just mad at them, we’re afraid of them and we don’t want them around us. That’s not the case in the Atlanta situation, based on the video footage I’ve seen and the reports I’ve read, it’s a justified use of force situation, and I think it’s just been politicized,” said Sheriff Williams.

Date: 6/5/2020
Article Title: Sheriff Alfonzo Williams outlines his plan to combat police brutality
Source: News Channel 6
Summary: “We’re having some of the deaths in this country against black or brown people because so many of these small towns don’t have community service divisions,” explained Williams.

Chatham County is located in the U.S. state of Georgia, on the state's Atlantic coast. The U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 population estimate for Chatham County was 289,430 residents, making Chatham the fifth most populous county in Georgia, and the most populous Georgia county outside the Atlanta metropolitan area. The county seat and largest city is Savannah.

Chatham County Election Updates

Date: 9/26/2019
Article Title: ‘Speak English’: Chatham County sheriff’s employee fired over racist viral video
Source: WJCL
Summary: “I have no reaction to it, it’s just something that I will not tolerate,” said Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher.


Date: 8/7/2020
Article Title: Chatham County Sheriff’s Office resumes eviction proceedings: What to do if served
Source: WSAV
Summary: “It’s nothing personal or anything like that, it’s just like a business,” said Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher who instructed his officers to enforce warrants starting Monday.


Date: 9/11/2020
Article Title: Sheriff fires 4th deputy following Georgia jail death
Source: AP News
Summary: Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher announced the latest firing in a statement the day after he said three other deputies had been terminated — including one who was charged with falsifying jail records.

Clarke County is located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 116,714 people, 45,414 households, and 22,044 families living in the county. The county seat is Athens, with which it is a consolidated city-county.

Clarke County Election Updates

Date: 10/7/2020
Article Title: Athens Is Getting a New Sheriff in Town—but Who Will It Be?
Source: Flagpole Magazine
Summary:
Candidates split on most issues, including immigration – John Q. Williams “promised not to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement deport Athenians” and Republican Robert Hare “wants to strengthen ties with this federal agency through the 287(g) program.”


Date: 1/14/2020
Article Title: John Q. Williams: Why I am running for Clarke County Sheriff
Source: Classic City News


Date: 10/26/2020
Article Title: Clarke Co. sheriff candidates make final pitch to voters
Source: Classic City News
Summary:
Final Q&A with both sheriff candidates on why the sheriff matters & why they are suited for the job.


Date: 10/19/2020
Article Title: Athens-Clarke will have a new sheriff for the first time in 20 years. Here are the candidates.
Source: Online Athens
Summary:
Brief profiles of the sheriff candidates in the general election.


Date: 11/3/2020
Article Title: John Q. Williams surges to victory in Clarke County sheriff’s race
Source: Online Athens

Clayton County is located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 259,424 people, 90,633 households, and 62,389 families residing in the county. The county seat is Jonesboro.

Clayton County Election Updates

Date: 6/24/2020
Article Title: Suit against Clayton County Sheriff claims he strapped man to a chair, threw him in a cell for hours
Source: WSB-TV Atlanta
Summary: Plaintiff Glenn Howell says he found himself strapped to a chair, and then thrown into a suicide watch cell with nothing but a paper gown on after a dispute with Hill’s lieutenant over a debt he claimed the lieutenant owed him.


Date: 6/17/2020
Article Title: FBI remains quiet about Clayton County Sheriffs Office “court authorized law enforcement activity”
Source: News-Daily.com
Summary: FBI investigation involves “excessive force complaints dealing specifically with a Butts County businessman being placed in a restraint chair.”


Date: 7/2/2020
Article Title: Civil rights groups suing Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill over COVID-19 protections
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
Summary: Civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit against the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, alleging the department is failing to protect people from COVID-19 in the south metro Atlanta community’s jail.


Date: 6/11/2020
Article Title: Sources: FBI investigating excessive force claims at Clayton County jail
Source: Fox 5 Atlanta
Summary: Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill is the target of a federal investigation into allegations of excessive force at the jail, according to well-placed sources.

Cobb County is a suburban county of Atlanta in the U.S. state of Georgia, located in the north central portion of the state. As of 2019, the population was 760,141, making it Georgia's third most-populous county. Its county seat and largest city is Marietta.

Cobb County Election Updates

Date: 10/7/2020
Article Title: Town hall to call attention to conditions at the Cobb County jail
Source: Fox 5 Atlanta
Summary: Several civil rights organizations joined together for a town hall meeting to call attention to conditions at the Cobb County jail. They claim a culture of negligence by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office resulted in dozens of deaths of people incarcerated in the jail.


Resource: Candidate Questionnaire and Forum
Source: GLAHR
Summary: Campaign and candidate information focused on ending the 287g program.


Date: 11/5/2020
Article Title: Gwinnett, Cobb, Henry counties elect first Black sheriffs in history
Source: WSB-TV 2


Date: 11/5/2020
Article Title: Cobb County elected a new sheriff, and he’s making history
Source: Fox 5

Decatur County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 27,842 people, 10,390 households, and 7,255 families living in the county. The county seat is Bainbridge.

Decatur County Election Updates

Date: 11/2/2020
Article Title: 2020 Election: Sheriff races in South Georgia
Source: WTXL Tallahassee

DeKalb County is located in the north-central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 691,893, making it Georgia's fourth-most populous county. The county seat is Decatur.

DeKalb County Election Updates

Date: 6/5/2020
Article Title: ‘Use Of Force’ Policy: DeKalb Co. Sheriff Wants Community Input
Source: CBS Atlanta
Summary: “When I joined the agency last year as Chief of Administration, I began a review of the agency. In light of recent incidents, I believe it is time for us to involve the community in understanding and helping us improve the ways we interact with citizens in all situations. This could be an opportunity for us to learn from each other.”


Date: 10/27/2020
Article Title: DeKalb sheriff revises use of force policy, emphasizes minimum force
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Summary: New use-of-force policy by the Sheriff’s Office says officers should use the minimum force necessary.

Early County is a county located on the southwest border of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,008 people, 4,228 households, and 2,924 families living in the county. The county seat is Blakely.

Early County Election Updates

Date: 11/2/2020
Article Title: Early County Sheriff race candidate discusses goals
Source: WTVY
Summary: Republican challenger presents his priorities for the sheriff’s office.

Evans County is a county in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,000 people, 4,033 households, and 2,805 families residing in the county. The county seat is Claxton.

Evans County Election Updates

Date: 5/10/2020
Article Title: GBI: Georgia deputy kills man over attack with rocks
Source: AP
Summary: Mohamed then charged the deputy with a larger rock, GBI says, and the unnamed deputy shot Mohamed. He died before he could be taken to a hospital.


Date: 11/4/2020
Article Title: Evans County Election Results
Source: WTOC 11

Fayette County is a county located in the north-central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 106,567 people, 38,167 households, and 30,288 families residing in the county. The county seat, Fayetteville, was established in 1823.

Fayette County Election Updates

Date: 10/4/2020
Article Title: In-depth career look at the 2 candidates for Fayette Sheriff
Source: The Citizen
Summary: Timeline of the law enforcement experience of both candidates with their comments.


Date: 8/19/2020
Article Title: Fayette County Comes Under Scrutiny for Absurd Sentences and Exorbitant Fees
Source: GLAHR
Summary: “In Fayette County, they are treating what’s legal in other states as a major crime and issuing the harshest punishment for what we need to do to feed our families,” explains Adelina Nicholls, executive director of GLAHR.

Fulton County is located in the north-central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2019 estimates, the population was 1,063,937, making it the state's most-populous county and its only one with over 1 million inhabitants. The county seat is Atlanta, the state capital.

Fulton County Election Updates

Date: 8/11/2020
Article Title: Election Results: Challengers set to take Fulton DA and sheriff offices
Source: Atlanta INTown Paper
Summary: With about 91% of precincts reporting on the morning of Aug. 12, challenger Fani Willis had a landslide lead, 73.4% to 26.6%, over incumbent Paul Howard for the DA’s office. Willis, an Emory Law School graduate, used to work for Howard in the DA’s office.


Date: 8/12/2020
Article Title: Fulton County sheriff-elect wants deputies to patrol streets
Source: 11 Alive
Summary: “I have made the commitment to put 200 deputies and cars on the street,” Labat told an online audience a few days before the August primary runoff.


Glynn County is located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 79,626 people, 31,774 households, and 21,259 families living in the county. The county seat is Brunswick.

Glynn County Election Updates

Date: 5/6/2020
Article Title: Ahmaud Arbery shooting investigation is latest source of criticism for Glynn County PD
Source: WALB
Summary: There are already deep concerns in Glynn County about the integrity of the police department and conflicts of interest in this case. Tuesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed the police department never requested the GBI come in and help investigate Arbery’s death.


Date: 9/11/2020
Article Title: Judge: Voters can’t abolish embattled GA police department
Source: AP News
Summary: Voters can’t try to abolish an embattled Georgia police department that was wrapped in controversy even before the department oversaw the initial investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a judge ruled Friday.

Grady County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 25,011 people, 9,418 households, and 6,730 families living in the county. The county seat is Cairo.

Grady County Election Updates

Date: 6/2/2020
Article Title: Hanging meme from south Georgia sheriff angers residents
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Summary: A Facebook post by a long-serving Georgia sheriff connecting the violent protests around the nation with the hanging of “traitors” is dividing his south Georgia community.


Date: 11/2/2020
Article Title: 2020 Election: Sheriff races in South Georgia
Source: WTXL

Gwinnett County is a suburban county of Atlanta in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2019, the population is estimated to be 936,250, making it the second-most populous county in Georgia. Its county seat is Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett County Election Updates

Resource Title: Candidate Questionnaire and Forum
Source: GLAHR
Summary: Campaign and candidate information focused on ending the 287g program.


Date: 10/21/2020
Article Title: Candidates for Gwinnett County Sheriff discuss diversity, community involvement and 287(g) program
Source: Access WDUN
Summary: Candidates share their views on relevant issues to the community.


Date: 11/5/2020
Article Title: Sheriff-elect makes history in Gwinnett County, plans for ‘more diversity and inclusion’
Source: Fox 5


Date: 11/5/2020
Article Title: Gwinnett, Cobb, Henry counties elect first Black sheriffs in history
Source: WSB-TV 2

Henry County is a county located in the north-central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 203,922 people, 70,255 households, and 54,445 families residing in the county. The county seat is McDonough.

Henry County Election Updates

Date: 11/5/2020
Article Title: Gwinnett, Cobb, Henry counties elect first Black sheriffs in history
Source: WSB-TV 2

Laurens County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 48,434 people, 18,641 households, and 13,060 families living in the county. The county seat is Dublin.

Laurens County Election Updates

Date: 10/22/2020
Article Title: Meet the 2 candidates running for Laurens County Sheriff
Source: 11 Alive
Summary: Video interview and coverage with the 2020 candidates.

Lowndes County is a county located in the south-central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 109,233 people, 39,747 households, and 26,191 families residing in the county. The county seat is Valdosta.

Lowndes County Election Updates

Date: 6/4/2020
Article Title: Lowndes Sheriff defends over viral video of physical altercation
Source: wctv.tv
Summary: Sheriff Polk said he received a call from residents stating that a protester’s sign had vulgar language. He approached the man (as a lady filmed from afar), the man hesitantly gave the sign and another woman snatched the sign out of the sheriffs hands. He then tried to grab her (from what the video shows).

Miller County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,125 people, 2,426 households, and 1,674 families living in the county. The county seat is Colquitt.

Miller County Election Updates

Date: 11/2/2020
Article Title: 2020 Election: Sheriff races in South Georgia
Source: WTXL Tallahassee

Muscogee County is a county located on the central western border of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 189,885 people, 74,081 households, and 47,742 families living in the county. Its county seat and only city is Columbus.

Muscogee County Election Updates

Date: 10/21/2020
Article Title: Muscogee Co. sheriff candidates suggest focusing more on mental health after jail suicide
Source: WTVM
Summary: Candidates speak up about their strategies to address mental health needs and investigate a recent death by suicide in the county jail.

Newton County is a county located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 99,958. The county seat is Covington.

Date: 9/9/2020
Article Title: Sheriff Brown: ‘My work speaks for itself’
Source: The Rockdale Citizen
Summary: Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has spent parts of six decades in law enforcement, and his campaign for a fourth term gives all indications that he’s far from bringing his career in public service to an end.


Date: 11/4/2020
Article Title: Newton County Election Results
Source: The Covington News

Paulding County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. Part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, it had an estimated population of 168,667 in 2019. The county seat is Dallas.

Paulding County Election Updates

Date: 11/26/2019
Article Title: Paulding County Sheriff’s detective fired, charged with child molestation
Source: 11 Alive
Summary: “This incident has tarnished the badge that we all wear so proudly. We will do everything in our power to assist the GBI during this investigation,” the sheriff added.


Date: 3/16/2020
Article Title: Paulding sheriff closes jail to public, continues operating emergency calls
Source: West Georgia Neighbor
Summary: The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and Jail will be closed to the public until further notice, and is taking steps to ensure the wellness and safety of its employees, citizens and inmates with procedure changes.

Peach County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,695. Its county seat is Fort Valley.

Peach County Election Updates

Date: 10/7/2020
Article Title: Beyond the Podium with Peach County Sheriff candidate Vince Howell
Source: WGXA Fox 24 ABC 16
Summary: Interview with the Independent incumbent running for Sheriff.


Date: 10/1/2020
Article Title: Beyond the Podium with Peach County Sheriff candidate Terry Deese
Source: WGXA Fox 24 ABC 16
Summary: Interview with the Democratic candidate running for Sheriff.


Date: 10/20/2020
Article Title: Meet the men running for Peach County Sheriff
Source: 13WMAZ
Summary: Introductions to the Peach County candidates and their priorities for the sheriff’s office.

Polk County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 41,475 people, 15,092 households, and 10,908 families living in the county. The county seat is Cedartown.

Polk County Election Updates

Date: 5/27/2019
Article Title: Georgia sheriff: ‘I am deeply disturbed by the video of Mr. Floyd being murdered’
Source: Fox 5 Atlanta
Summary: I can assure everyone, me or any of my deputies will never treat anyone like that as long as I’m Sheriff. This kind of brutality is terrible and it needs to stop. All Officers involved need to be arrested and charged immediately.”

Richmond County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 200,549 people, 76,924 households, and 48,641 families residing in the county. The county seat is Augusta. Richmond County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 200,549 people, 76,924 households, and 48,641 families residing in the county. The county seat is Augusta.

Richmond (Augusta-Richmond) County Election Updates

Date: 4/14/2020
Article Title: Richmond County Sheriff
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Summary: Sheriff tests positive after trying to promote the need for testing.

Rockdale County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 85,215. The county seat is Conyers.

Rockdale County Election Updates

Date: 6/26/2020
Article Title: Rockdale deputy passes away 5 days after posting he tested positive for COVID-19.
Source: The Citizens: Serving Rockdale and Newton Counties
Summary: Deputy posted on Facebook that he tested positive for Covid-19 and was unsure how he got it.


Date: 4/4/2020
Article Title: Metro Atlanta Sheriff test positive for COVID-19
Source: WQAD8-ABC
Summary: Rockdale County Sheriff Eric J. Levett said he fell ill in late March and knew something was wrong when he had a fever.


Date: 4/4/2020
Article Title: Metro Atlanta Sheriff test positive for COVID-19
Source: WSB-TV Atlanta
Summary: Rockdale County Sheriff Eric J. Levett said he fell ill in late March and knew something was wrong when he had a fever.


Date: 4/4/2020
Article Title: Rockdale County Sheriff Tests Positive For COVID-19
Source: CBS 46
Summary: Sheriff Eric J. Levett announced to his staff that he would be going into a 14-day quarantine due to potential COVID-19 exposure per his doctor’s orders. 3 days later he received the results that he tested positive.


Date: 11/7/2019
Article Title: Rockdale County Sheriff Eric J. Levett announces bid for re-election
Source: The Citizens: Serving Rockdale and Newton Counties via newsbreak.com
Summary: Rockdale County Sheriff Eric J. Levett announces his bid for re-election for a third term in 2020.


Article Title: Petition to Governor Brian Kemp to remove Rockdale County Sheriff Eric J. Levett
Source: change.org
Summary: A 22 year old arrested on disorderly conduct due to a mental health crisis he was having at the time was found dead on the floor of his cell (which did not have a bed in it) due to unacceptable conditions at the jail.

Sumter County is a county located in the west-central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 32,819 people, 12,123 households, and 8,153 families living in the county. The county seat is Americus.

Sumter County Election Updates

Date: 9/5/2020
Article Title: Candidates for Sumter County Sheriff make their cases at Kiwanis Club meeting
Source: Americus Times-Reporter
Summary: The two candidates for Sumter County Sheriff, Chief Deputy Col. Eric Bryant, the democratic candidate, and Philip Daniel, the republican candidate, both tried to make their cases at a weekly meeting of the Americus Kiwanis Club (AKC) as to why one or the other should be elected as the next Sheriff of Sumter County to replace retired Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith.


Date: 11/4/2020
Article Title: Sumter County Election Results
Source: WALB News 10

Telfair County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 16,500 people, 5,543 households, and 3,609 families living in the county. The largest city and county seat is McRae-Helena.

Telfair County Election Updates

Date: 11/4/2020
Article Title: Central Georgia sheriff race winners discuss priorities after victories
Source: 13 WMAZ

Thomas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 44,720 people, 17,573 households, and 11,999 families living in the county. The county seat is Thomasville.

Thomas County Election Updates

Date: 11/5/2020
Article Title: Powell to serve 12th term as Thomas County sheriff
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Troup County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 67,044. The county seat is LaGrange. Troup County comprises the LaGrange, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Troup County Election Updates

Date: 10/13/2020
Article Title: Woodruff, Ward participate in sheriff forum
Source: Valley Times News
Summary: Sheriff candidates shared their positions in a forum held by the Chamber of Commerce.


Date: 10/24/2020
Article Title: Ward challenges Woodruff in sheriff’s race
Source: The LaGrange Daily News
Summary: Background on the challenger and incumbent’s claimed accomplishments and positions.

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,187 people, 7,547 households, and 5,269 families living in the county. The county seat is Sandersville.

Washington County Election Updates

Date: 11/5/2019
Article Title: Joel Cochran wins Washington County Sheriffs Race
Source: 13WMAZ
Summary: Cochran defeated Michael Johnson and Kelly Brooks Jr. with 52.6 percent of the total votes.

Whitfield County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 102,599 people, 35,180 households, and 26,090 families residing in the county. The county seat is Dalton.

Whitfield County Election Updates

Date: 6/24/2020
Article Title: Activists want to end relationship between sheriff’s office and ICE in Whitfield County
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press
Summary: Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood stands by the program, saying Wednesday that it “has been positive in addressing the criminal element which has made our communities a safer place to live.”

Georgia is the 24th-largest in area and 8th-most populous of the 50 United States. Its 2019 estimated population was 10,617,423, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Statewide Election Updates

Date: 9/4/2020
Article Title: Georgia Sheriff Elections Could Limit ICE’s Reach
Source: The Appeal
Summary: In Gwinnett and Cobb counties, sheriff candidates are promising to roll back cooperation with ICE. Advocates say they should cut ties completely, while the federal agency threatens retaliation.