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Seven qualify to challenge DeKalb appointed sheriff

3/7/2014, 6 a.m.

Seven candidates qualified through Thursday to challenge the DeKalb County sheriff incumbent, Jeffrey Mann, in the May 20 special election.

Former Chief Deputy Mann was appointed sheriff on Feb. 28 by outgoing boss Thomas Brown. He said Thursday that he would qualify at 10 a.m. on March 7.

Those who qualified to challenge him are Dale Bernard Collins of Conley, Ted Golden of Decatur, R. “Tony” Hughes of Stone Mountain, and Vernon Jones, Melody Maddox, Melvin Mitchell and LaSalle Smith Sr., all of Decatur. Collins is a retired DeKalb sheriff’s deputy, Hughes is a DeKalb Police sergeant, and Jones is a former DeKalb CEO and state representative. Golden is a retired U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration special agent; Mitchell is an Atlanta Police sergeant; Maddox is a former Georgia Piedmont Technical College assistant police chief; and Smith is a retired Atlanta Police, FBI and GBI officer.

Brown retired Feb. 28 to run for Congress. He qualified on March 5 to challenge 4th District Rep. Hank Johnson in the May 20 Democratic primary.