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Coffee Sheriff candidates aim to change negative reputation

May 21, 2008

Coffee County -- Three candidates hope to have their office inside the Coffee County Sheriff office for the next four years.

"I want to keep doing what we are doing. We are having a positive change being proactive with the drugs and the pedophiles. We just want a safe place for our children to grow up," said Coffee Sheriff, Jerry Pope. 

"I don't see anything that is not being addressed. But I think that we have a little over spending and would like to bring that back in bounds. And provide better service to our children," said Ben Hill Deputy, Joe White.

Both Ben Hill deputy Joe White and current Coffee Sheriff Jerry Pope have had some experience at the position. "I was appointed sheriff during the last term of the last sheriff and at election time lost, the election to the current sheriff," said White.

"We got a good relationship with the GBI and INS immigration and customs," said Pope.

White says that when he was the interim-sheriff he laid the foundation for these relationships. "I felt like we really had a good thing going. The sheriff's department was moving in the right direction, and I had a good relationship with the people, and I just want to put it back that way.

Both candidates hope to move the office of sheriff away from negativity stemming from past corruption. "Absolutely no corruption in any department that I've been involved with nor will there be," said White.

"I will challenge the Good ol' Boy syndrome, it's a sheriff's office, and we are going to run it like a sheriff's office," said Pope.

Douglas Police Officer Jan McCrimmom is also running for Coffee County Sheriff but was unable to speak to us because she was on duty. The primary election is July 15th.

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