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Dougherty sheriff honors top employees

ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said when he took office he was told by his predecessor that the sheriff’s department had some excellent employees on staff.

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Sgt. Travis Davis

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Cpl. Gerry Gilbert

Sproul honored two of those employees at the Dougherty County Commission’s business meeting Monday morning, recognizing Cpl. Gerry Gilbert as the Dougherty County Jail and Sgt. Travis Davis as the Dougherty Sheriff’s Office employees of the year.

“I was told there were good people in the department, and the longer I stay here the more I realize it’s true,” Sproul told commissioners.

Gilbert, who has been with DSO since March 2007, trains and oversees all frontline personnel who have contact with inmates, while Davis, an employee since March 1991, works in the Warrants and Civil Division.

After recognizing the sheriff’s department employees, the commission quickly finalized items it had discussed at its work session last week.

The board OK’d the use of Special-Purpose Local Option Sales Tax III funds for purchase of a half-ton pickup for Public Works at Sunbelt Ford Town of Albany’s low-bid price of $17,967.68, approved a new probation services agreement with Judicial Alternatives of Georgia Inc. for Superior and State courts in the county, and approved an application for a one-day alcohol license for a Girls Inc. of Albany fundraiser.

Judicial Alternatives has provided Superior and State court-ordered probation services in the county since 2000 and collects around $600,000 in fines and supervises more than 50,000 hours of community service a year.

The Girls Inc. fundraiser will be held at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club on March 9.