Sheriff Ezell Brown running for re-election

Sheriff Ezell Brown

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown announced his plan on Jan. 20 to seek a fourth term as sheriff.

“It has been a great honor and privilege to ‘serve and protect’ the citizens of this great county for more than 40 years,” Brown said in a news release.

Brown joined the Covington Police Department in 1973, and became a sheriff’s deputy in 1978. He worked his way up through the ranks and was elected sheriff in 2008.

“I do not take lightly the vote of confidence placed in me by the citizens of Newton County,” said Brown. “I encourage each of you to look closely at my proven track record and compare my campaign promises with the significant accomplishments during my tenure as Newton County sheriff. I can say, with total confidence - promises made… promises kept. Under my leadership, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) now ranks fourth out of 159 sheriff’s offices in Georgia and currently ranks as one of the top 40 sheriff’s offices in the United States.”

The Sheriff’s Office has achieved numerous accreditations and attained “Triple Crown” status by earning simultaneous accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare. Newton County is one of only five departments in Georgia to win the Triple Crown.

Locally, the Sheriff’s Office has collaborated with the court system on programs to assisting rehabilitating inmates before they are released, including the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program, Creating Healthy Options Increase Choices to Effective Solutions (CHOICES), Parenting, 12-Step Addiction Recovery, and mental health treatment programs.

Brown said he is proud of the work his deputies have done to keep Newton County safe and wants to continue the effort.

“We have seen a 16 percent decrease in calls for service,” he said. “A 35 percent decrease in 1st and 2nd degree burglaries, and all other major crimes are trending down since 2014.”

“We have achieved so much over the last 10 years,” he added. “But our work is not complete. I am excited about all we have accomplished and look forward to ‘continuing our work together in building a safer and stronger community.’ May the work I’ve done speak for me.”

Brown becomes the second candidate to announce a run for Newton County sheriff. Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcom announced earlier this month his intention to run.

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