Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch will seek re-election this year.
“It has been my great privilege and honor to serve as sheriff since taking office in January 2013,” Couch said in a news release. “We’ve worked hard and have accomplished many of our goals, but I feel there is more I can do to be of service to Hall County.”
Couch made the announcement Friday at the Northeast Georgia History Center in Gainesville.
Couch was born and raised in Hall County. He joined the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in 1981, and has served as jailer, patrol deputy, field training officer, investigator, sergeant and lieutenant.
In addition, he also served as major in the Gainesville Police Department, where he was second in command to the chief of police until he resigned to run for sheriff.
Couch said his second-term agenda includes growing the patrol division; revamping the training facility; incentivizing employees to seek advanced educational degrees; and saving taxpayers’ money.
Couch touted his efforts to shrink the Sheriff’s Office overall budget, enhance services and improve employee morale during his first term.
Other areas of focus have included doubling the number of “Neighborhood Watch” programs, developing firearm safety courses and increasing the average standard training for officers to 80 hours per year.
“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.