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Candidates for sheriff share their visions for the office

5/16/2014, 7:14 p.m.
Candidates for DeKalb County Sheriff make their case at a forum at Commissioner Stan Watson’s monthly Community Cabinet Meeting at Chapel Hill Middler School. Photo by Jennifer Ffrench-Parker

As voters head to the polls on May 20, we asked the eight candidates for DeKalb sheriff what they would like the voters to know about them before they cast their ballots. Here are their responses. Vernon Jones’ response was taken from his Web site.

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Dale Bernard Collins, 55, MARTA Police training coordinator

40-year resident of DeKalb County. Lives in Conley. 26 years of service. Retired from DeKalb Sheriff’s Office in 2010 as a lieutenant. Now MARTA training coordinator. Took a leave of absence to run for sheriff.

“I am a 26-year veteran of the DeKalb Sheriff Office. I worked, managed, trained and supervised in every division. I have worked in the jail’s emergency service. I managed court services and the jail divisions, and I am ready to work. I have vast experience. No one else that’s running has my experience.

“I haven’t sat behind the desk. I have been on the streets. I have worked in every division.

“And most importantly, you need someone who is going to do the right thing.

“I know what’s going on, and I know what needs to be done.”

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Ted Golden, 54,
Retired federal agent

24-year DeKalb County resident. Lives in Lithonia. Raised three boys in DeKalb School District and was president of football booster clubs at Southwest DeKalb and M.L. King Jr. High School. Retired with 28 years of service from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration on Jan. 25, 2014, to run for DeKalb sheriff.

“I am committed to this county and to solving our problems.

“I possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the job. My background is both local and federal law enforcement, which makes me extremely qualified.

“I want to put a cop in every school because parents should know that their kids are safe at school.

“More than 70 percent of the people in the jail have not finished high school. There is an open door between the schoolhouse and the jail house and our kids are crawling through. We have got to cut it off. It takes a village to raise a child and it’s time to call out the village.

“If we can fix our issues with education, it will solve a lot of the problems in the jail and I will collaborate with the school system, the CEO and the police to make this happen.”

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R. Tony Hughes, 42, DeKalb Police officer

Born and raised in DeKalb County. Lives in
Stone Mountain. 18-year veteran of the DeKalb Police Department and a former detention officer with the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office
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“I am an experienced law enforcement officer. I am an honest man with the experience to move this county forward. I have a realistic, comprehensive plan to bring about change in public safety in the county.

“If elected, I will collaborate with the police departments to keep our streets and schools safer and cleaner. DeKalb wants a leader of public safety, not a politician. We need someone who is committed to our public safety and will not abandon this early to go to seek another job.