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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 30, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - After nearly three decades there will be a new sheriff in Cook County, but the questions remains who.

Lenox Police Chief Johnny Daughtry and Adel Police Officer Audie Rowe are running for the seat.

Daughtry says he wants to address problems with the jail, drugs in the community and update technologies in the department and cruisers.

"We are hoping to go to the computer age. I'd like to get computers in all the cars so it will improve efficiency of the men working. They won't have to leave the cars and can do a lot better job there," Daughtry says.

Rowe is the Assistant Police chief in Adel.

He says drugs, thefts and domestic disputes are all issues he'd like to tackle.

But creating an impartial department is his biggest goal.

"The main issue I've ran across in this campaign is people wanted to be treated with respect, they want to be treated fair and they want to see law enforcement handed out impartially. That is something I believe, treating others the way I would want to be treated," Rowe says.

The winner will succeed Sheriff C.W. Bryant who's retiring after nearly thirty years in office.

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