Law enforcement vets square off in Thomas Co. - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Law enforcement vets square off in Thomas Co.

Posted: Updated:
Sheriff Carlton Powell Sheriff Carlton Powell
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:30 GMT
    Lauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive DirectorLauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive Director
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
  • Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:19:35 GMT
    Valerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School PrincipalValerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School Principal
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
  • Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:14:28 GMT
    Imaya FreeloveImaya Freelove
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>
THOMAS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

One of the longest serving sheriffs in Georgia is running for re-election.

But his challenger is no rookie to law enforcement.

Dale Mattila is challenging incumbent Sheriff Carlton Powell in Thomas County.

Thomas County residents who just became old enough to vote, were not even born when Carlton Powell was already halfway through his tenure as sheriff.

"Well I'm finishing up my 36th year as sheriff. I've been very fortunate here to live and work here in this county. I love this county and it's a great place to be a sheriff," said Powell.

But while Powell's challenger Dale Mattila has never served in Georgia, he does have more than 30 years of law enforcement experience.

"I worked in Miami-Dade County. One of the most violent counties in America. I've seen a lot of things on my days on the job," said Mattila.

Mattila says it was his new Thomas County neighbors who encouraged him to take the plunge. "When I retired here in '09, I met a lot of people. Building this house, met a lot of other law enforcement people that I introduced myself to. I kept hearing the same question, have you ever thought about running for sheriff."

Powell says sheriffs are always forced to make those tough decisions whether the economy is weak or strong. "If you ask me which I'd rather, I'd rather serve in good times when there is more money available. I think the test of all us is how do we handle the tough times when there is not as much money available and you have to make tough decisions."

Both Powell and Mattila say regardless of who you are voting for, it's just important for everyone to get out and vote.

 

Copyright 2012 WALB. All rights reserved.