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Sheriff appoints community service officer, others

POSTED: March 15, 2013 12:47 a.m.

Deputy Chad Mann was named community service officer Thursday by Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch.

Mann, who joined the sheriff’s office last year after serving in a similar capacity in the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, will be the office’s front lobby representative, taking walk-in reports, assisting with fingerprinting and being the office’s first contact with those who visit the Main Street offices. He will be part of plans for expanding crime prevention and education efforts, as well as serving as an additional public information officer.

Tamara Smith was promoted to community service clerk, which will also place her in the front lobby. She will handle customer service work for those needing to conduct business in person.

Investigator Dan Franklin was promoted to internal affairs sergeant for the Enforcement Bureau of the sheriff’s office.

He has been with the sheriff’s office since 1996, serving as jail officer and patrolman before being promoted to investigator in 2000. He worked property crimes for two years before being transferred to the crimes against persons unit.

Deputy Kevin Sullens, who had been the school resource officer at West Hall High School, was promoted to investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division. He joined the sheriff’s office in 2008 after serving with the Georgia Department of Transportation Enforcement Unit and Gainesville Police Department. He served in the Uniform Patrol Division before becoming a school resource office and K-9 handler in 2008. He also serves on the SWAT team.

Deputy Ben Williams was named to fill the school resource officer vacancy at West Hall High. He served in the same capacity from 2005 to 2008. He joined the sheriff’s office in 1997, serving in the jail before moving to the Patrol Division, eventually attaining the rank of corporal/field training officer.

Deputy Chris Alford was appointed school resource officer for East Hall Middle School. He joined the sheriff’s office in 2007 after serving in the Georgia Department of Corrections for five years. After initially serving at the jail, he has been assigned to patrol for the past two years and is still a member of the special emergency response team for the jail.

Deputy Lane Acrey was named to the training division after serving in Court Services since 2008. He joined the sheriff’s office after retiring from the Gainesville Police Department in 2007 with 25 years of service

“These officers are of the caliber that will help us, as an agency, deliver the highest level of professional law enforcement services to our community,” Couch said.


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