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Sheriff Paxton Officially Announces Re-election Bid

The law enforcement veteran is seeking his fourth term in office.

Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton made it official Friday night that he will run for a fourth term.

Paxton who was elected sheriff in 2000 has been serving the citizens of Forsyth County since taking office on Jan. 1, 2001.

"When I became sheriff I took over the reins of an office that was in disarray, with low morale and with multiple lawsuits pending," said Paxton in a news release. "Since that time, thanks to the hard work and dedication of a large number of sheriff’s office employees, we have built this agency into a model that other law enforcement agencies around the country have sought to emulate."

Among Paxton's achievements, in 2003 the sheriff's office was awarded accreditation by the Committee of Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and re-accredited in 2006 and 2009.

The sheriff’s office was also named a CALEA “Flagship Agency” in 2009, which named the Sheriff’s Office as the “Best of the Best” among CALEA accredited law enforcement agencies. There are only seven of 159 Georgia Sheriff’s Offices that are accredited.

During Paxton's tenure, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has won dozens of state and national safety awards including, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers’ Georgia Agency of the Year in 2006.

Paxton said that when he took office in 2001 there were only a handful of neighborhoods that participated in a poorly run Neighborhood Watch Program. He said he immediately implemented a Community Relations Unit, that concentrated on developing and enhancing the Neighborhood Watch Program. 

As of today, there are 317 Forsyth County subdivisions that are active participants in the Neighborhood Watch program, representing more than 30,000 residents. The county also has more than 3,000 businesses active in the Sheriff’s Office Business Watch Program, a program that was nearly non-existent when Paxton became sheriff.  

In 2009 the sheriff’s office received the National Excellence Award from the National Sheriffs’ Association in recognition of its Neighborhood Watch Program.

Other awards the agency has received include, first Place in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Impaired Drivers program in 2010 for its efforts in removing impaired drivers from the road.

Last year the crime scene unit was awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police August Vollmer Award for Excellence in Forensic Science. And in 2011, the sheriff’s office received the National Water Safety Congress Award for its efforts in promoting boating safety on Lake Lanier.

“The job of being sheriff is a journey, not a destination,” Paxton said. “I have devoted my entire working career, over 40 years, to law enforcement and while our agency has accomplished many great things during my 11 years here, there is still much work to be done.” 

Two other candidates, Lauren McDonald, Forsyth County Coroner for the past 11 years, and Duane Piper, a former sheriff's office lieutenant, .

Read more about Sheriff Ted Paxton on his Web site.

“I’m proud to be your Sheriff,” Paxton said, “and I ask for your vote and support for the next four years.”

Marc March 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Nice advertisement.Sort of walks on water. Some good accomplishments but has this Sheriff done anything wrong? Anything questionable? Anything disputable?
Dave Tobin March 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
In this election season please remember that no one individual is infallible. Since Sheriff Paxton first took office in 2000, many positive changes in the interest of public safety have evolved which affects everyone who live and work in Forsyth County. Forsyth enjoys one of the lowest crime rates of any Atlanta metro county – that’s indisputable evidence. Much might be said about Sherriff Paxton’s need to keep FCSO an up-to-date law enforcement agency, but it’s the results that speak volumes. Undoubtedly when you run a large organization tough decisions need to be made, many of which don’t meet with the approval of others. It’s the end result that matters — its part of the job! Regrettably we live in an era where personal attacks on character overshadow one’s accomplishments. When attacking one’s personal character, it’s because there is a deficiency of poking holes in their record of accomplishments. The election for the office of sheriff is one in which many Forsyth residents should consider with utmost concern; we hold our safety and security most sacred. Two other candidates are running for the office of sheriff and Lauren McDonald and Duane Piper are do serious consideration as well. Irrelevant sound bites and innuendo attacks on personal character are easy, but cowardly; regrettably people tend to judge without thorough deliberation. Balanced community news is not an advertisement nor is it an endorsement, but a viable community service.
Susie March 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Mr. Tobin, No one is infallible, but someone in that position should be help to a higher standard. Sheriff Paxton has come to think he is untouchable. He started off with the best of intentions 11 years ago, but I believe power and greed got the best of him. All of the accrediations and awards are great but do people actually realize that the Sheriff pays for many of those and has to put in for them himself He is not sought out as being someone that walks on water! TERM LIMITS!! that would solve so many problems!
Susie March 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Just the budget alone is enough to not reelect him. He has continued to be wasteful and reckless with our tax money. He loves buying toys, cars for himself, and in this economy we should be looking at ways to cut the budget. The article in the paper Sunday about him being drunk at his girfriends while watching their baby, and then his complete lies to make an excuse, show a complete disrespect for the citizens of Forsyth county. At least own up to mistakes. His wife put up with his ummoral behavior far too long. Not firing the officer that was having sex in his patrol car with an 18 year old girl speaks volumes about his character. The Sheriff in Suwanee fired an officer for a sex scandel, and stated his officers know that he won't stand for actions like that, our Sheriff stated "I am not the morality police" . If you want more reasons not to reelect him start asking officers what they think. They want a new boss as well. Employee morale is at an all time low and that starts from the guy at the top!
Dave Tobin March 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Susie, thank you for acknowledging my comment that no one is infallible. By no means was this an endorsement of Ted Paxton and should not be considered as so. There are two other viable candidates for the voters of this county to equally consider. It's apparent there may be issues Sheriff Paxton needs to address with the community as a whole, as should Lauren McDonald and Duane Piper. Not all of us behave the way one would expect, but that’s not a reason to bear indictment if no wrong doing has been addressed. And although Sheriff Paxton may not have acted accordingly to the approval of some, neither he, Lauren McDonald or Duane Piper have done harm with respect the safety of our community – and that’s what this election should be about - preserving our safety and security. Term Limits on office is certainly a concept that has been bantered around for some time now with merit. Innuendo on one's character is easy - facts about public safety are indisputable. This election should be about what professional qualifications candidate's possess to continue to keep Forsyth County protected .
Susie March 27, 2012 at 05:09 PM
This election should be about what professional qualifications candidates possess to continue to keep Forsyth County protected ~ I completely agree, but also add in there that if our Sheriff's department keeps spending ridiculous amounts of money, and our taxes keep going up, then crime will go up. The Sheriff's department can be run on a tighter budget and we can be safe for less. When I see that tank, the fancy cars, the new horse barn, and so many more things that are wasteful, and think about the 88 deputies that get threatened to lose their jobs, if the Sheriff didn't get his budget approved, you wonder where his priorities are. There are many things that I have heard about that go on behind the scenes that question on the job and policy decisions that he has made. There is a lot of confusion in that department about what is expected of the deputies, and who does what. Equipment that Sheriff Paxton brags on that in all reality does not work. I ask that everyone dig deeper to find out what goes on underneath the surface that apparently has a spin put on it to make it look good to the public. That is what i have done. I understand that not everyone behaves the way we would expect, but there are situations that are inexcusable for someone that holds such a position.
SOGTP March 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Dave - Let's use some critical thinking skills here. You wrote; "Forsyth enjoys one of the lowest crime rates of any Atlanta metro county – that’s indisputable evidence." This has nothing to do with the Sheriff's office. This is due to the moral character of the vast majority of citizens. The Sheriff's office does NOT keep you safe. You must keep yourself safe. The Sheriff's office investigates and arrests those who are unsafe and break the law. Does the Sheriff stop you before you are speeding? Does the Sheriff arrest you before you murder you spouse? Does the Sheriff give you a sobriety test before you are driving DUI? A large law enforcement force is a placebo. It makes you feel good, when in actuality nothing has changed. If someone breaks into your home the Sheriff is either going to investigate the death of a perpetrator or your murder and rape. A large bloated Sheriff's office top heavy in officers is nothing more than a placebo and allows Paxton to wield power and spend your money as he feels fit. Just like the wasteful and useless horse barn. The reason that horse barn is there is because Sheriff Paxton and his wife like horses. Nothing more.
MM March 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM
He's not getting our vote and we get out and vote.
Hal Schneider March 31, 2012 at 12:12 AM
As more and more comes out about the January "sugar imbalance" incident, including an alleged threatening call to the Fire Chief for doing an investigation.......he's pretty much toast.
g. napoli April 01, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Uh, have you been reading The AJC lately???
Joseph Gliebe April 04, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Several times I have noted sheriff deputies violating minor traffic laws, and, on accasion, have notified the captain of the watch who's only answer was that that particular deputy was a good cop and that he would talk to him. Somehow I doubt that was ever done! I, for one, hold our law enforcement officials to a higher standard; but, I am afraid they do not. The actions of the sheriff deputies reflect the attitude of their leadership and I have to agree with Susie about the current sheriff's spending and with MM in that he is not getting our vote! I am not sure who is yet, but the incumbent is not!

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