Sheriff Gerald Couch formally announced Monday, Jan. 27, his intention to run again for the head job at the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
“I take seriously my oath to serve and protect the residents of this growing county, a place I have called home my entire life,” Couch said in a statement. “I am humbled by the trust placed in me over the last eight years and I remain committed to making the Sheriff’s Office even better, and the people of Hall County even safer, in 2020 and beyond.”
Couch, who has served as Hall County Sheriff since January 2013, has been in law enforcement for 37 years. He has also “completed more than 3,500 hours of advanced law enforcement training and education, including supervision and executive management,” according to a news release from Forum Communications.
Couch said officer training is one area he hopes to continue improving. According to the news release, total training hours for employees increased from 23,000 in 2015 to 37,000 hours in 2019.
“First responders choose a career of service before self. They face many challenges, difficulties and untold stressors that thankfully few other people ever have to experience,” Couch said in a statement. “We must work with our Commissioners and the State to improve pay and benefits for all first responders. That has been and will continue to be one of my main goals: working toward improving the pay and retirement benefits of all officers in the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.”