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Georgia Sheriffs Honor Donnie Haralson

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from the Georgia Sheriffs' Association

Crisp County Sheriff Donnie Haralson has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Georgia Sheriffs' Association Sheriff of the Year.

The award, which is given to one Georgia sheriff each year, is designed to recognize a sheriff who has made a significant contribution to the Office of Sheriff in Georgia.  Sheriff Haralson received the award July 22, 2010 during the annual Georgia Sheriffs' Association Summer Training conference at Lake Lanier Islands.

Haralson began his professional career in 1977 with the Cordele Police Department as a police officer and then eventually served as the Chief of Police. 

Haralson has the distinction of being the longest sitting sheriff in Crisp County history.

Haralson has served as President of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, and currently sits on the Board of Directors.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Public Safety Board, presided as Chairman for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council as well as Chairman for the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council.  He is a long standing member of the National Sheriffs' Association.

"For 33 years, Sheriff Haralson has served and protected the citizens of our State.  He is a man of character and competence, and a proven leader.  As a past president of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, Sheriff Haralson positioned himself to offer his considerable skill and experience to all sheriffs and the citizens of our great State," stated Terry Norris, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association.

The Georgia Sheriffs' Association is comprised of 159 elected sheriffs with the support of over 45,000 honorary members throughout the state who recognize and appreciate the services of the constitutional Office of Sheriff and the Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes, Inc.