From left, Lt. Shirley Adams and Deputy Danny Brown are presented by Col. Mark Shirley of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office as the 2012 Employees of the Year for the department. Also selected was Lt. Anita Allen, below.
ALBANY — The Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office named its three top deputies Monday, tapping two investigators and a uniformed deputy as the creme of its public safety crop.
Col. Mark Shirley, the head of Sheriff Kevin Sproul’s Operations Division, presented Lt. Shirley Adams and Deputy Danny Brown to the Dougherty County Commission Monday as the department’s 2012 honorees. A third honoree, Lt. Anita Allen, wasn’t present.
“They’re all consummate professionals,” Shirley said when asked why the three were chosen. “The sheriff has always taken pride in how we — the law enforcement in Dougherty County — work together and assist other people in the community. These deputies take pride in their job and are the very definition of team players.”
Adams was recently transferred from the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit into the Sheriff’s Investigation Unit.
Shirley said during his presentation Monday that Adams was the officer who removed Cpl. Terry Lewis-Fleming’s gun belt for safe keeping when Lewis-Fleming was killed in a car crash chasing armed-robbery suspects last year.
Brown, Shirley said, was the epitome of a public servant, performing tasks asked by his superiors without hesitation.
In an interesting side note, Shirley told commissioners that Brown grew up with Actor Will Smith in Philedelphia and moved with Smith to California before the actor made it big on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Smith helped Brown land a cameo on an episode of the Martin Lawrence Show.
“Now we just like to say that he loves acting like a deputy,” Shirley quipped.
Brown and Adams both told commissioners that they were grateful for the acknowledgment.
“I don’t really have anything to say; I’m just thankful to the people in the department,” Adams said.
Brown echoed the sentiments.
“Public safety is why we do our jobs,” he said. “That’s why we’re out there every day.”