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Sheriff Donnie Haralson passes

CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

Crisp County Sheriff Donnie Haralson has died after a decade-long battle with cancer.

Haralson began his professional career in 1977 with the Cordele Police Department as a police officer, and then eventually served as the Chief of Police. 

Haralson carried on a legacy of service in law enforcement that he inherited from his father, W. R. Haralson, who died in the line of duty in 1975, serving the people of Crisp County.

Haralson has the distinction of being the longest-serving sheriff in Crisp County history. He was named the 2010 Georgia Sheriffs' Association Sheriff of the Year.

Haralson has served as President of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Public Safety Board, presided as Chairman for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council as well as Chairman for the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. 

Terry Norris, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association said, "For 33 years, Sheriff Haralson has served and protected the citizens of our State.  He was a man of character and competence, and a proven leader."

The Georgia Sheriffs' Association is comprised of 159 elected sheriffs with the support of over 45,000 honorary members throughout the state who recognize and appreciate the services of the constitutional Office of Sheriff and the Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes, Inc. 

Chief Deputy Billy Hancock sent us the following statement Tuesday night.

"We are sadden (sic) to announce, after a brave, defiant fight with cancer, surrounded by his loving family and friends at home, Sheriff Haralson passed away this evening. While Police Chief, Haralson was appointed sheriff in 1988 by Governor Zell Miller. Sheriff Haralson continued to serve the citizens of the county and state until his death. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced upon completion. Please keep Sheriff Haralson and his family as well as those who have served with him in your prayers." 

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