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Terrell’s Bowens to seek re-election

John Bowens

John Bowens

DAWSON, Ga. — The logic of Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens is irrefutable.

“I always run on my record, and the people of this county have elected me for the past five terms,” Bowens said. “I must be doing something right.”

Bowens will put his record on the line again July 31 when he seeks a sixth term as sheriff. He made the announcement of his re-election plans Tuesday.

“If I am re-elected, I will continue to do what is right by serving all citizens of Terrell County fairly and honestly,” Bowens, who served 17 years as a TSO deputy before being elected sheriff 20 years ago, said in making the announcement. “I have loved serving the people here, and I feel that I owe them the best service I can provide.

“The people here are good people.”

Bowens defeated then-Terrell Sheriff Jerry Dean, who had been in office for 18 years, in 1992, becoming the first African-American to serve as Terrell’s top lawman. He was injured in a courtroom scuffle with a prisoner in 2001, and his administration has been dogged by complaints about the conditions of and the substandard pay of officers at the county jail.

The Terrell sheriff said he and his staff have had to learn to do without.

“With the economy the way it is and budgets getting tighter and tighter, we are doing without a lot of things that would help us do our job better,” Bowens said. “There have been a lot of (budget) cuts along the way. But one thing I’ve learned over the years is that you have to take what you’ve got and do the best you can with it.

“People ask about what the sheriff’s office does in Terrell County, and I tell them that we do the things that no one else wants to do. We’ve got a pretty good-sized county to cover with 10 deputies, and it becomes a little tougher when you have such a great amount of turnover. I can’t fault (deputies) who come in here to work and then take a job in another county where they can make more money.”

Bowens said one of the primary concerns about law enforcement today as compared to when he was first elected is the amount of crime and the recidivism that has become rampant.

“We find ourselves a lot of the time dealing with the same people over and over and over,” he said. “I understand that the prisons are full now, but I think if the criminals got more time for heavier crimes, it would set an example for the smaller crimes. But right now, it’s like a revolving door.”

Comments

43cop 2 years, 4 months ago

Sheriff, I wish you the very best and if Georgia had more Sheriff's like you and could and would leave the good old boy system in the woods, we would all be better off. You have taken a stance against the system that has forgotten that you are the Chief Law Enforcement Agent of the county. Standing for the people is your greatest assest, not bowing to the politicians. Keep up the good work.

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ittibittime 2 years, 4 months ago

Mr. Bowens will be reelected regardless of not following orders from a judge and serving jail time due to that,etc. The black community in Terrell County keeps reelecting the same old people and getting the same old results...nothing changes....It is all about race..blacks for a black candidate, if there is a white, Hispanic,etc. candidate that has better record,etc., it doesn't matter..Mr. Bowens seems to be a nice person, but he is a good candidate or is there another, better choice?

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jrandre30 2 years, 4 months ago

LORD HELP US....... THIS MAN HAS GOTTEN AWAY WITH SO MUCH.. I HOPE SOMEONE BEATS HIM OUT OF OFFICE ... THE END

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Cartman 2 years, 4 months ago

Sheriff Bowen has done a good job for the people of Terrell County. I don't live there, but I pay taxes there. Georgia could use more Sheriffs like Sheriff Bowen.

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DoctorDorite 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm a white person, former resident of Terrell County and I've known John many years, going back long before he became a deputy. I respect the peoples choice of Sheriff. He's done a great job with the little support given by the commission and no one else who could have done a better job, the only trouble he's been in is County trouble which he took the fall for. John gets more "white" votes percentage wise than he does "black" votes, he knows and appreciates that fact more than we realize. He's a good man !

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waltspecht 2 years, 4 months ago

How does anyone know the demographics of the actual vote? That kind of tracking is a violation of Federal Law

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DoctorDorite 2 years, 4 months ago

Polls can tell you alot before and after elections, believe it or not its a pretty accurate science, not 100% but pretty dog-on close.

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