Your candidates – DeKalb County SheriffVernon Jones, left, will face incumbent Sheriff Jeff Mann, right, in the July 22 runoff.
Incumbent Sheriff Jeff Mann will face former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones in the July 22 runoff for DeKalb County Sheriff. Decaturish.com sent both candidates questions about the runoff. Only Mann responded. We will update this post with Jones’ answers when he responds.
Jeff Mann, incumbent
1. What do you think helped you make it to the runoff election?
I listened to as many citizens as possible. Participating in thirteen sheriff candidate forums, attending numerous homeowners and civic association meetings, churches and synagogues allowed me to share with the citizens my experience in managing the day-to-day affairs of the Sheriff’s Office for the past ten years. These efforts also allowed me to communicate the excellent work, reputation, professionalism and standards of integrity that we restored to the Sheriff’s Office in the fourteen years former Sheriff Thomas Brown and I have been at the helm.
2. Why should people support you over your opponent?
I have worked within the DeKalb County Government for more than 20 years, creating and maintaining good working relationships with the Board of Commissioners, constitutional officers, to include judges, as well as County department heads. This experience gives me a level of insight on how to work with the judicial and legislative bodies of our government, as well as what law enforcement agencies face on a daily basis. As Chief Deputy Sheriff for the past ten years, I directly managed the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office, including its $78 M annual budget and 860 budgeted personnel, assigned to its Jail, Court, Field and Administrative Divisions, and its Training, Accreditation, Fiscal Affairs, and Professional Standards Sections. I oversaw the development and administration of approximately $20 M in annual contracts with private entities. I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a certified officer by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training Council. My candidacy offers continuity of leadership that is beneficial to taxpayers, the community and the great men and women of the Office.
3. List 1-to-3 initiatives you would undertake as sheriff to reduce crime in DeKalb County.
1 – Continue to focus on serving warrants on the most violent offenders so that they will be taken off the street, preventing them from committing additional crimes.
2- Continue to increase visible presence of marked units in the neighborhoods and businesses while they are serving warrants so that presence can deter criminal activity.
3- Continue to partner with the faith based organizations, community leaders, schools, parents and neighborhood associations to work with our youth in an effort to direct them to positive alternatives to criminal behavior.