Voters on Nov. 8 will decide whether to keep DeKalb County’s current sheriff in office or bring in a new face.
Current sheriff Jeffrey Mann is running against Republican candidate Harold Dennis, a former DeKalb reserve lieutenant.
Mann won a special run-off election to fill the remaining term of former sheriff Tom Brown in July, 2014 and is now running to be elected to a full four-year term.
Since then, he has been involved in various rehabilitation programs related to drug and alcohol treatment and mental health; a GED program through Georgia Piedmont Technical College; enhancing department technology; and strengthening partnerships within the law enforcement community.
“We started something 15 years ago when I first came over to the sheriff’s office and I want to make sure the office continues down the right path and is not sidelined or taken down a different path away from the good work we have done,” Mann said.
Dennis, who previously ran for the office in 2001, said his goals if elected would include an open door policy for citizens to interact with the sheriff’s office; a focus on youth programs for at-risk children; initiating job training programs to help individuals find employment; and reaching out to business owners to help employ low-risk inmates through a second chance program.
“I am running because I was tired of turning on the TV and seeing the county in such disarray,” Dennis said. “My win for the county means new change for the residents of DeKalb and the employees at DeKalb County sheriff’s office. Safer streets, more deputies and great morale.”