Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Big shakeups in this week's elections will possibly mean job changes for a lot of people. At least eight counties will have new sheriffs, maybe 13 depending on runoff races.
And when those new top law enforcement officers take over, they'll likely make personnel changes. That means dozens of deputies' jobs are hanging in the balance.
Lee County's Sheriff-elect says while he doesn't plan sweeping changes, there will be some hirings and firings.
Reggie Rachals stood along the Highway and went door to door asking Lee Countians to elect him Sheriff. Tuesday, they did and now he's talking about what he'll do when he takes office in five months. Rachals says he wants his office to be more involve in youth education programs.
"Working with the local Leesburg Police Department because they're getting the explorer program started back up and I want to work with them on that and going on up to the high school level with the real live pictures and actions and simulations showing them what can happen during drug and alcohol," Rachals says.
Rachals also hopes to get more money to run the Sheriff's offices. "I'm looking into more state and federal grants area for more equipment, not only for the road deputies but for the narcotic unit and the criminal investigators."
The question now is who will hold those positions. It was last May when Rachals announced he would run, that his 18 years at the Sheriff's office ended, and he does plan to reorganize the department on his return.
"There will definitely be some revamping and realigning some positions because I've got to put people there that I can depend on to do the job that I need and make sure it's done properly."
The excitement from the election night win has turned into excitement about returning to the uniform and Rachals plans to keep employees as long as they'll work with him.
"I plan on working with all of them as long as they're willing to work with me, and under my command. There will be some merit systems going on and evaluations and as long as you are doing your job, and doing it the way I think it needs to be done, sure, you'll continue to stay there," Rachals says
Rachals said for citizen's he'll have an open door policy and hopes to hear from many of them.
Reggie Rachals is also a former Albany Police Officer.