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Saba runs for sixth sheriff term

Give-term Sheriff Jamil Saba Give-term Sheriff Jamil Saba

July 16, 2004

Albany-- Dougherty County Sheriff Jamil Saba says he has a goal not only to continue, but expand programs to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble.

Jamil Saba is enjoying his 20 years as Sheriff of Dougherty County. "Been here, the Sheriff for 20 years, and have enjoyed every minute of it," he said.

He enjoyed it enough to run for re-election. Saba says one if his greatest accomplishments is the G.R.E.A.T. program-- Gang Resistance Education and Training. "This is a program we've had for several years and the last four years I got a grant from the federal government to keep this program going."

The father of two knows the importance of keeping kids on the right track. "When I first ran, I always said, prevention is the name of the game. If you can prevent it you come out ahead."

And Saba hopes summer mentoring camps like these will put him one step ahead of his opponent, Albany Police Lieutenant James Williams.

"These are good kids and we want to make sure they have a good life." A good life that means staying out of trouble. Right now, the GREAT camp is six weeks long, but Saba says if he's elected again he promises to expand the program to focus on keeping kids away from drugs and alcohol. "We are going to see what we can do next year, make it a little longer."

And Saba would like a more time to mold these kids into bright and safe citizens.

Before Jamil Saba became Dougherty County Sheriff, he was a deputy and investigator.

posted at 1:40PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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