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Echols County welcomes new sheriff

March 10, 2003

Statenville - Former Echols County Sheriff Donald Fender handed over his resignation Friday after being the subject of a federal investigation.

"He is being investigated, but right now we cannot say why or what's going on," said Randy Courson, Appointed Sheriff.

But the county seems to be in capable hands with newly appointed sheriff Randy Courson. "I was chief deputy before this and felt very comfortable with that position, so I know I can handle this and am very honored to take on the job," said Courson.

At just 26 years old, Courson is the second youngest sheriff in Georgia. But he says his age won't be a problem. "I've got the experience needed and being too young won't be an issue," said Courson.

Courson plans on making several changes within the sheriff's department, starting with staffing. "I've kept two of the deputies who were on the previous sheriff's staff, and plan on hiring two more new ones," said Courson.

Despite the former sheriff's resignation and whirlwind of upcoming changes, the morale of the Echols County Sheriff's department seems to be positive. "Everyone seems to be in high spirits and I think all the changes are going to be for the good," said Courson. "I think he's going to do a wonderful job, that's why I appointed Courson," said Probate Judge Carl Rodgers. "I think there's a lot of good changes coming."

Courson said he initially planned on running for sheriff in the 2004 election, and will most likely pursue the position for several terms.

posted at 2:15 by ashley.harper@walb.com