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Sheriff retires after 16 years

February 27, 2004

Fitzgerald- Thurman Ellis has been Ben Hill County sheriff for nearly 16 years.

Ellis is a third generation sheriff, both his father and grandfather were sheriffs.

The 65-year old says he just thinks it's time for someone new to hold the position.

"I'll be honest with you I'm going to miss it. I can tell that right now and there's several times I thought about it and said am I making the right decision by leaving but I think deep down I'm ready," says Ellis.

Campaign signs are posted all over Ben Hill county. Ellis says he knows of about 6 people, including 3 of his own deputies, who have announced their candidacy and nearly 7 others who are waiting until the April qualifying date to make their announcements.

Ellis says as soon as he retires he's going to Disneyworld.

Posted at 6:00 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com