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Who will be the next sheriff for Worth County?

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

July 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Poll workers are busy with voters in and out of booths all day at the Worth County Courthouse during advance voting. "We have had a good turnout. and I hope they have had in the whole state of Georgia," said Superintendent of Elections, Sheryl Hall.

And in this election two men hope to represent Worth County as sheriff.  "I've been dedicated. I've got a lot of experience. I've been honest. As a sheriff you have to be a compassionate person also," said Freddie Tompkins.

Freddie Tompkins was a deputy for 12 years before he was first elected sheriff back in 1985. He's held the office ever since. And he hopes to continue to serve for the next four years. "I look after the interest of the people in Worth County. I try to represent them, and keep the crime rate low," said Tompkins.

Former Worth County Deputy Mike Hill says he will focus on fighting drugs and family violence as the next sheriff. "We've had murders as a result of family violence, and we need to enforce the laws as they are written," said Hill.

Hill was an officer for the Athens Police Department for two years before going to the GBI. He was an agent at the Sylvester office for five more years before moving to the Worth County Sheriff Department.

"Just from working there and working at other agencies being at the GBI, I saw what worked in other areas and I want to try to bring them here," said Hill.

But regardless of whether you value experience or want new a perspective it's important to show up. "We are privileged in America to be able to go to the polls and vote," said Hall.

So have your voice heard. Advance voting continues from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Worth County Courthouse through Friday.

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