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Letter to the editor
Outgoing sheriff thanks community
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Forsyth County News

As my tenure as sheriff of Forsyth County draws to a close, I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you during the past 12 years.

With your support and trust, we were able to accomplish a lot during that time, and everything we did was done with your protection in mind.

For example, as promised during my first campaign, one of our first goals was for the sheriff’s office to become accredited. We accomplished that in 2003. As a result, the county saves over $50,000 per year in liability insurance premiums. One side benefit of accreditation is that during my 12 years as sheriff there was not one successful lawsuit filed against the sheriff’s office. In fact, the sheriff’s office was just re-accredited last month and was awarded “accreditation with excellence.”

It has been my pleasure to see our sheriff’s office grow into a professional law enforcement organization, one with vastly improved training and accountability to our citizens. On numerous occasions, our sheriff’s office has been recognized nationwide for its professionalism.

Our neighborhood watch program was greatly expanded and now has over 300 neighborhoods actively participating. We started a business watch program and have seen it grow to cover virtually every Forsyth County business. As a matter of fact, the National Sheriffs’ Association picked our neighborhood watch program as a model for sheriffs across the country to follow.

Our crime scene unit is second to none in the state of Georgia and has been recognized for its success in solving several high profile crimes in our area. In addition, our efforts to curtail impaired and dangerous drivers have won dozens of awards both from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and nationally.

I plan to remain in Forsyth County and I will remain active in the community. I’m not planning to ride off into the sunset. After all, in the General Election, 47.6 percent of you who voted voiced your support for me. I will be here to help you in any way I can. Please feel free to call me on me whenever I can be of assistance.

And to the men and women of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, thank you for your support and the excellent job you’ve done for the past dozen years. You are true professionals in every sense of the word. May God bless each and every one of you and keep you safe.

Ted Paxton