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  Sheriff Brown photoSomething to Talk About:

July-Aug Newsletter 2020

Grief is a normal response to losing someone important to a family.  When a loved one transitions, it is extremely important that family and friends be able to share memories and narratives of how their lives were influenced by them; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the ability of family, friends and communities to come together and grieve in typical fashions.

It is never an acceptable or reasonable time for anyone to transition, especially a loved one, and unfortunately, this pandemic situation has presented extraordinary challenges.  When one of our loved ones transition, circumstances no longer permit adequate or suitable closure for families, friends, and colleagues.  I can personally identify with this because within the past few months, I have lost several family members, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances to this menacing virus.  It was extremely difficult for everyone with a desire to attend the home-going services for these individuals due to the on-going pandemic.

Very recently, a personal friend and longtime church member, Emogene Williams, transitioned.  This death left a tremendous vacancy in communities throughout Newton County, as well as the State of Georgia, as she was an extremely devoted public servant. She was an enthusiastically dedicated member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Covington, Georgia, where her great-great grandfather, the late Reverend Toney Baker, served as the church’s first pastor. She functioned in various capacities there throughout her tenure.

On July 1, 2020, Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson Jr., transitioned.  He was genuinely beloved by the people of Newton and Walton counties, as well as many individuals throughout the State of Georgia.  Judge Johnson was more than a dynamic elected official; he was my longtime and dear friend. 

Another longtime dear friend and law enforcement colleague, Investigator Jack Simpson, transitioned on Aug. 5, 2020.  He served as one of my investigators at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for more than 20 years, and at the age of 96, he was the eldest law enforcement officer in the United States.

Mr. Jack was one of the most knowledgeable law enforcement officers I have ever met, and prior to his employment with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, he retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a special agent.  He played an important role in several notable civil rights cases during his tenure with the FBI.

The pandemic has caused funerals to be limited to fifty persons or fewer, which significantly affects the manner in which family and friends can say goodbye to their loved ones. Although I had the honor of attending the funeral services for Ms. Williams, Judge Johnson, and Mr. Jack, I felt awful many of their relatives, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues were unable to attend due to the pandemic.

The pandemic has disallowed people to expend a normalcy of time to have friends engaged with their grieving process.  Although we understand and certainly realize that God is totally in control of all circumstances, many people are experiencing anxiety and other depressed feelings because they possess a burning desire to embrace their respective family members and friends during such times.

I want to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt condolences to every family that has lost a loved one as a result of and during this COVID-19 pandemic, not only here in Newton County Georgia but globally.  May God forever stretch his loving arms around you for peace, comfort and strength.

Your Sheriff,
Ezell Brown

In Memoriam of the Honorable Judge Horace Johnson

Horace Johnson photo

Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson, Jr., passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. As a true public servant, his legacy will continue to live on in this community.

The Honorable Judge Johnson’s biography, as presented in his July 10 Lying-In-State program:

The Honorable Horace J. Johnson, Jr. served as a Superior Court Judge in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, which includes Newton and Walton Counties, Georgia, since 2002. A native of Covington, Georgia and the son of educators, Judge Johnson graduated with honors from Newton County High School in 1975. He completed his undergraduate studies at Oxford College of Emory University and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where he received his Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, respectively. While a student at Emory University, Judge Johnson served on the Emory University Honor Council, was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, and was a charter inductee into the Emory University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi National Honorary Accounting Fraternity. In 1982, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was an editor on the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, president of the Black Law Students Association and a Regents Scholar.

Judge Johnson actively shaped the community through his involvement with community organizations and participation in leadership training programs. He was a 1986 graduate of Leadership Newton County, a 1991 graduate of Leadership DeKalb County, and a 2002 graduate of Leadership Georgia. As an active member in the community, he served as a past president of the Arts Association of Newton County and served as a board member of the following organizations: Board of Counselors of Oxford College of Emory University; Board of Trustees of the Leadership Georgia Foundation, including his tenure as the 2010 Chairman; Board of Directors and an Inaugural Advisory Board Member for the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at The University of Georgia; and Board of Directors (as a founding member of the Board of Directors) of the Washington Street Community Center. Judge Johnson was a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and the Covington Kiwanis Club, where he served as the 2018-2019 president. Notably, in 2016, the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce presented him with the 2016 Robert O. Arnold Award for his exemplary community service and achievement.

On September 3, 2002, Governor Roy Barnes appointed Judge Johnson to the Superior Court of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Prior to his appointment by Governor Barnes, Judge Johnson practiced in the private sector for twenty years, during which time he focused on real estate development, civil litigation, probate, and criminal matters. Prior to joining the Georgia Superior Court bench, he was a senior named partner in the law firm of Johnson & Freeman LLC.

His professional accomplishments also include his serving as past president of the State of Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges, the Council’s first African American leader. Judge Johnson served as a designated judge on the Georgia Supreme Court. In addition to his regular court dockets, he presided over a Parental Accountability Court addressing child support matters in both Newton and Walton Counties, along with a Veterans Treatment Court designed specifically for veterans with criminal charges resulting from substance and/or mental health issues. In February 2017, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the State Bar of Georgia’s Chief Justice Commission on Professionalism for his long and exemplary community service. In 2018, Judge Johnson received the Frederick B. Kerr Service Award from the Leadership Georgia Foundation. Also, in June 2019, Judge Johnson was named by the Daily Report as a Distinguished Leader in the Georgia legal community. In January 2020, he received the Newton County, Georgia Martin Luther King, Jr. Trailblazer Award. Most recently, in February 2020, Judge Johnson received the Pinnacle Leadership Award for his commitment and dedicated service to the community from the Fortitude Educational and Cultural Development Center, Inc.

Judge Johnson was an active member of Columbia Drive United Methodist
Church where he proudly served as Lay Leader and a member of the
Chancel and Gospel Choirs. He was the loving husband to Michelle and proud father to their two sons, H. James, III and Bryant.

The life and legacy of NCSO Investigator Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson photo

Jack B. Simpson, native of Barnesboro, Pennsylvania, was widely recognized as the oldest living peace officer in the country, up until his death on Aug. 5, at the age of 96.

Simpson’s legacy began with a “youthful dream,” in which he was determined to follow, according to his interview on April 9, 2020 with The Newton Community Magazine. His dream to become an FBI agent led him to his involvement in some of the most prominent times in American history, such as World War II and the Civil Rights Movement.

Simpson landed a clerical job with the FBI as a fingerprint classifier following his graduation from high school. A foot in the door, he was still unable to accomplish his dream to become an FBI agent until he obtained a degree in law or accounting, which was economically unfeasible at the time.

By 1939, Simpson’s dream was delayed once more, as the FBI did not want to train someone who might be called to serve the country. Ultimately, he volunteered to serve, and he enlisted in the Army. He was sent to Camp Butner, North Carolina, where he trained and became a combat infantry soldier. As a light artillery gunner, he was involved in the invasion of Anzio Beach in Italy and southern France, earning two Bronze stars.

After the war, Simpson returned home, where he continued to pursue his dream to become an FBI agent. Through the GI Bill, he earned his bachelor’s degree, then his master’s. While he was working as a teacher, and was in his first year of law school, an inspector from the FBI encouraged him to take the test to qualify as an agent. He passed the test and for the next 23 years, he served as a special agent for the FBI.

During his time as a special agent, Simpson was involved in some of the most vital moments of the civil rights movement, such as “The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” at the University of Alabama in 1963, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in 1968, and the Lemuel Penn murder investigation.

“When I worked in the civil rights period, black and white didn’t mean anything to me,” Simpson once said. “If you’re a decent human being and you’re doing right and trying to make a contribution to society, you’re my kind of folks.”

Once he departed from the FBI, Simpson served the next 35 years as a bailiff, first with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office then with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. He began working as a part-time investigator with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked three days a week. He did most of his investigative work on the phone and computer. He also taught diversity classes to deputies as part of the block training at the Sheriff’s Office.

At the time of his death, he had worked for the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years; he served from April 13, 1999, up until his passing on Aug. 5, 2020.

Back in May 2016, at the age of 91, Simpson and Sheriff Brown traveled to Jackson, Mississippi for the Jackson Division Leadership Conference, in which Mr. Jack was the guest speaker. This goes to show that he was an inspiration and offered a wealth of knowledge to many across the United States and abroad.

“Mr. Jack Simpson set the tone for the women and men who clocked in and out of our office every day. He showed up, did his job, and made sure that his fellow officers represented our profession,” said Sheriff Ezell Brown. “He helped us garner much from the past and helped us look forward to an even richer future. He was a walking history book, author, speaker, and even found time to write a column for The Rockdale Newton Citizen. He actually lived the history that most of us read about in textbooks, and we are blessed that he freely shared it with us.”

In his personal life, Simpson was a columnist for The Rockdale Newton Citizen. He was also an author of two books and assisted Bill Shipp in writing the Murder at Broad River Bridge. He received a congressional citation from the 4th District U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson for his public service. Additionally, he was a member of the Oral History Project and a life member of the Society of Former Special Agents.

Simpson was married to Dorothy “Dottie” Simpson and together, they parented four children.

Sheriff Brown, Bishop Jennings, and Commissioner-Elect Sanders participate in weekly drive-through grocery giveaway

Grocery Give Away

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office assisted Bishop Dianne Jennings of Breath of Life Church and District 3 Commissioner-Elect Alana Sanders in a drive-thru grocery giveaway every Friday during the month of July, at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Westside Precinct in Covington, Georgia.

The drive-thru grocery giveaway, which was sponsored by the Breath of Life Church, provided more than 4,000 boxes of food to families, free of charge. The boxes contained combination foods, fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products.

“I always consider it a blessing to assist the families of Newton County, so when I was contacted to be part of the grocery giveaway, I did not hesitate to provide my services to Bishop Jennings and Commissioner-Elect Sanders,” said Sheriff Brown. “During these unprecedented times, I want to ensure our Newton County families are provided with basic necessities.  I look forward to working alongside Bishop Jennings and Commissioner-Elect Sanders to help our community grow and thrive, this month and in months to come.”

The drive-through grocery giveaway was made possible by the help of the Eastside High School football team; Newton County; Newton County Sheriff’s Office; Platinum Key Realty of Georgia; men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated; Raising Our Sons in America - ROSA; Proud M.O.B.B. “Mother Of Black Boys” L.L.C.; and Intentional Success Partnerships.

Mansfield community leaders test out the new laser shot simulator at Newton County Sheriff’s Office Eastside Precinct

Laser Shooting photo

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Mansfield Mayor GW Davis Jr. and City Administrator Jeana Hyde visited the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Eastside Precinct to test the new Laser Shot training simulator.

“Thank you, Mayor Davis and Jeana Hyde, for taking the time to test our new Laser Shot training simulator at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Eastside Precinct,” said Sheriff Ezell Brown. “The scenarios you come up against in the simulator training mirror the situations my deputies and I encounter in real life. Day to day, we face decisions that are not easy; however, I always tell my deputies if you go back to the basics, you will always make the right decision. I take pride in the 25,000 plus hours of training we do here.”

Laser Shot, an effective firearms training for law enforcement personnel, provides realistic scenarios for an immersive experience. Scenarios include, but are not limited to, hostages and active shooters; scenarios can be adapted to fit an individual’s needs and skill level.

“The deputies of Newton County are receiving high quality, real situations training with the Laser Shot simulator,” said Hyde. “Trying it out personally gave me a different perspective of what deputies encounter and how quickly a situation can change and what little time they have to assess and then address the circumstance. It was a good eye-opening experience and a little frightening.”

Newton County is growing pumpkins together

pumpkin photo

On July 8, 2020, Newton County employees picked up their pumpkins for the county-wide pumpkin growing contest.

Employees will grow and care for their pumpkins until Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, when the pumpkins must be brought in for inspections.

Pumpkins must be healthy and free of damage to qualify for the competition. The pumpkins will be judged on the following categories: weight, circumference, and uniqueness.

ServiceMaster by Lovejoy decontaminates more than 100 Newton County Sheriff’s Office vehicles

Service Master

On July 17, 2020, ServiceMaster by Lovejoy decontaminated more than 100 vehicles for the Newton County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to keep first responders safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The drive-through car interior and exterior decontamination service was provided free of charge to the Sheriff’s Office. In addition to the decontamination, ServiceMaster by Lovejoy provided lunch to all Sheriff’s Office personnel.

On July 10, 2020, ServiceMaster by Lovejoy decontaminated and touch point cleaned the Sheriff’s Office administration area.

“On behalf of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, I want to thank ServiceMaster by Lovejoy for their continued effort in ensuring the safety of our law enforcement officers,” said Sheriff Ezell Brown. “Not only will the decontamination of the administration area and vehicles help protect our deputies and staff but it will also help protect our families and community from COVID-19.”

Newton County Sheriff’s Office donates basic necessities to Riverside Mobile Park

Grocery Give Away photo

On Sunday, July 19, 2020, the Newton County Sheriff's Office donated basic necessities — such as groceries, toilet paper, baby diapers, and baby formula — to families at Riverside Mobile Park in Covington, Georgia.

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office awarded their third NCCHC Reaccreditation Award


On July 21, 2020, Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office were awarded their third National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Reaccreditation Award during the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with NaphCare, met 100% of the 37 essential standards and 19 important standards required to receive its third reaccreditation, effective June 11, 2020.

“I am honored to stand in front of the Newton County Board of Commissioners this evening as the Office of the Sheriff receives its third reaccreditation award from the National Commission on Correctional Heath Care,” said Sheriff Brown. “I thank you, Chairman Banes, for allowing the Office of the Sheriff and our partners at NaphCare the time to discuss the important of this accreditation.”

Sheriff Brown added, “The National Commission on Correctional Heath Care accreditation is a component of the National Sheriff’s Association Triple Crown Award. We were meant to receive our third reaccreditation May 2 through May 5 of this year in Atlanta; however, it was cancelled due to COVID-19.”

The NCCHC accreditation provides the Newton County Sheriff’s Office with evidence of a standards-based system of care for inmates; improved health status and outcomes; and reduced public health risks when inmates reenter the community. There are 59 individual standards, with close to 400 compliance indicators, required for full accreditation.

“We crossed a milestone on July 1, 2020, that marked 14 years of being the healthcare partner for the Newton County Jail,” said Bradford McLane, CEO of NaphCare. “We see a lot of jails across the country. Sheriff Brown runs one of the cleanest, best run jails in the country, hands down. He’s an amazing sheriff, and he has an amazing team.”

In February 2014, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office met the standards to be awarded its first accreditation by the NCCHC. There are an estimated 500 NCCHC accredited facilities out of 3,100 counties across the nation.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the National Sheriff’s Association Triple Crown Award on June 26, 2017. A total of 48 facilities across the nation have obtained “Triple Crown” status, with 46 of those being Sheriff’s Offices.

Out of the 159 Sheriff’s Offices in the state of Georgia, Newton County Sheriff’s Office is one of six to obtain “Triple Crown” status.

To obtain the National Sheriff’s Association Triple Crown Award, agencies must obtain accreditation from the  Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the American Correctional Association's Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (ACA) and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC).

Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy goes above and beyond the call of duty at Chick-Fil-A

Deputy Tim Smth photo

On July 21, 2020, Deputy Tim Smith went above and beyond the call of duty while picking up lunch at Chick-fil-A on Brown Bridge Road. As he ordered his meal from the attendant, he made the heartfelt decision to pay ahead for the six cars behind him in line. 

Anna Garmany Clark, a Covington local, recounted the moment she was told her meal was paid for in full. She originally asked the attendant if she could pay for Deputy Smith’s meal, despite behind him in line.

“The attendant said ‘the officer is taking care of your bill.’ So, I said I’ll get the person behind me, and the attendant stated the officer was paying for the six other cars behind me,” said Clark. “I asked the attendant to convey my deepest appreciation to this officer, but this small thank you just doesn’t seem like enough.”

Clark added, “As a very proud family of veterans and two children currently serving, one is in the Navy and the other is in the National Guard, I wanted to express my deepest gratitude to each of the officers that serve here and across this great nation!”

Sheriff Ezell Brown commended Deputy Smith on his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.

"I am grateful to have deputies, such as Tim Smith, who desire to give back to the community they serve,” said Sheriff Brown. “As Sheriff, I take pride in community outreach and taking the time to simply have human kindness for others. Job well done, Deputy Smith."

Sheriff Brown administers Oath of Office to new employees

Tongela Smith photo

On July 22, 2020, Sheriff Ezell Brown administered the Oath of Office to Chaplain Tongela Smith.


Natalie Faulkner & Caitlin Jett photo

On July 24, 2020, Sheriff Ezell Brown administered the Oath of Office to Chaplain Natalie Faulkner and Communications Officer Caitlin Jett.

Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office escort the 2020 Tribute to Fallen Soldiers to Covington Elks Lodge

Tribute to fallen Soilder photo

On July 25, 2020, Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office escorted the men and women of the 11th Annual Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride to the Covington Elks Lodge #1806.

Exhalted Ruler Chuck Myers and the Covington Elks Lodge #1806 housed the men and women overnight as well as provided them with breakfast prior to their departure on Sunday morning, July 26.

“On behalf of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, I thank all the men and women who have taken time out of their personal lives to travel well over 4,000 miles to visit the families of our country’s fallen soldiers,” said Sheriff Brown.  “I am honored to have escorted the 2020 Tribute to Fallen Soldiers safely to Covington Elks Lodge on Saturday evening and to the Walton County line on Sunday morning, where our friends at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office were waiting for their arrival.

Sheriff Brown added, “I give a special thanks to the Porterdale Police Department for assisting us in the escort and the Covington Police Department for blocking highway intersections. As these men and women continue their journey to Arlington National Cemetery, I wish them safe travels. May God bless them.”

Since the summer of 2009, men and women across the country, known as the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest, travel more than 4,000 miles across the United States every year to visit and honor the families of fallen soldiers in the Memorial Torch Run. Their journey begins in the state of Oregon and leads to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

This year the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest began their journey on Sunday, July 12, and are set to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 2. Upon arriving at the cemetery, the group will be escorted into the cemetery’s hallowed grounds for the official closing ceremony, which includes the announcement of every fallen soldier honored during the 22-day journey across the country.

The fallen soldiers honored in the 2020 Memorial Torch Run include Army Spc. Michael Mason; Navy QM3 Jerem Fox; Navy PO2 Destin Frank; Marine Sgt. Brent Durrant; Army Major Brent Taylor; USCG CPO Jared Reaves; Army Cpl. Michael Pursel; Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Jones; Marine Lance Cpl. Chad Maynard; Army CWO2 Nicholas Peterson; Navy PO2 John Carroll; Army Sgt. Robert Kassin; Army Pfc. Genaro Bedoy; Army Spc. Micheal Phillips; Army Sgt. Mycal Prince; Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Hake; Army Sgt. Schuyler Patch; Army Pfc. Joshua Powers; Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Lowell; Air Force Staff Sgt. Rory Berg; Army Pfc. Kevin Christian; Army Master Sgt. Christopher Webb; Army SFC Elliott Robbins; Army SFC Clint Ferrin; Army Pfc. Jeremiah Pluim; Air Force Staff Sgt. Zackary Barton; Army Pfc. Jeffrey Avery; Army Spc. Keaghan Birka; Army Spc. Kristoffer Domeij; Marine Gunnery Sgt. Chris Eastman; Army Sgt. Major Christopher Nelms; Marine Lance Cpl. Trevor Roberts; Army Spc. Andy Alaniz; Marine Sgt. James Graham; Army Staff Sgt. Morgan Robinson; Army SFC Richard Haeberle; Army Sgt. Taylor Grimmett; Army Sgt. David Davis; Army Spc. Robert Pugh; Army Captain Tamara Tomlinson; Army Captain Kyle Comfort; Army Spc. Joshua Dingler; Army Master Sgt. Samuel Malone; Air Forde AFC Michael Hill; Marine Cpl. Christopher Ebert; Army Pfc. Gifford Hurt Jr.; Army Sgt. Breon Smith; Navy MAA2 Robert Miner III; Navy HM Bradford Dent; Navy Lt. Peter Ober; Navy CPO Demond Walker; Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Ginnell; Army CWO3 Donovan Briley; Army Sgt. Michael Strachota; Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers; Army Captain Waid Ramsey; Army Spc. Ryan King; Marine Pfc. Jason Estopinal; Army Spc. Etienne Murphy; Army SFC Jeremiah Johnson; Army Pfc. James McClamrock; Army Captain Andrew Ross; Army Pfc. Michael Murdock; Navy Avitation ET2 Daniel Biddle; Navy PO3 Ronnie Palm; Navy PO3 James Hearn; and Army Cpl. Aaron Gautier.

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office recognize doctoral graduate in drive-by graduation

Graduate Marci photo

On Saturday, Aug. 1, Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office recognized the newly titled Dr. Marcie Williams in a drive-by graduation held at her residence in Covington, Georgia.

“Congratulations, Dr. Williams, on your hard-earned doctorate,” said Sheriff Brown. “It was an honor to be part of your big celebration, alongside friends and family. I wish you the best of luck as you start the next chapter of your life.”

Dr. Williams received her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

Sheriff Brown, Pastor Stokes, and Chairman Banes provide face masks and gas gift cards to the Newton County community

Mask Give Away photo

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Pastor Jerry F. Stokes, of The Gathering Spot Church, Chairman Marcello Banes, and Queen Esther and Global Leaders to provide community members with face masks and gas gift cards in a drive-through giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 2.

More than 1,000 face masks and more than 75 gift cards were handed out during the drive-through giveaway held at The Gathering Spot Church, located at 23 Parr Farm Road in Covington. The giveaway began promptly at noon and ended around 2 p.m., when the last face mask was handed out.

“The risk of COVID-19 has not gone away in our community. As confirmed cases continue to rise, it is important that all individuals have access to a mask so they can protect their neighbors, their friends, their family, and themselves,” said Sheriff Brown. “The most effective way to minimize exposure to COVID-19 is to wear a mask in all gatherings, practice social distancing when around others not in your household, and to continuously wash your hands throughout the day.”

The drive-through giveaway was part of The Gathering Spot Church’s “Pull Up, Praise, and Serve,” its outdoor church service.

Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office awarded the FY20 COPS Hiring Program Grant

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office were awarded the FY20 COPS Hiring Program Grant on July 1, 2020.

The FY20 COPS Hiring Program, a three-year grant funded by the U.S. Department of Justice was approved by the Board of Commissioners, for the Sheriff’s Office to accept, in the amount of $1,122,792.23 during its Aug. 4 meeting.

“The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has been on the forefront of seeking out grant opportunities to assist with the needs of our agency and the community,” said Sheriff Brown. “The $1.1 million will afford us the opportunity to hire seven new deputies to patrol the Newton County community. With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic causing unemployment for many, being able to open up additional job opportunities is truly a blessing.”

Under the COPS Hiring Program, the Sheriff’s Office will be able to:

  • hire seven entry-level deputies
  • meet response time goals for priority calls;
  • maintain adequate visibility as a deterrent to crime in neighborhoods;
  • improve our ability to enhance our community policing efforts with our citizens;
  • field two-officer responses to dangerous calls for services;
  • sufficiently lower the crime rate through the use of consistent and comprehensive interdiction tactics;
  • and adequately enforce traffic laws, which in turn affects mobility of our units


Additionally, the FY20 COPS Hiring Program will allow the Sheriff’s Office to increase its manpower on each shift, allow for more visibility during high peak times, and allow for better execution of day-to-day work assignments. Through the program, the Sheriff’s Office will continue to build positive relationships with its community.

For more information about the COPS Hiring Program, visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/chp.

Sheriff Brown, Bishop Jennings, and Commissioner-Elect Sanders participate in drive-through grocery giveaway at The Potter’s House

Food Give Away

On Friday, Aug. 7, Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office assisted District 3 Commissioner-Elect Alana Sanders, Pastor Ricky Bradford, of The Potter’s House Church, and Bishop Dianne Jennings, of Breath of Life Church, in a drive-through food giveaway at The Potter’s House.

Each family was provided with a box of food filled with fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. A gallon of milk was also provided to each family.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Commissioner-Elect Sanders deliver to various locations across the county

Pruitt Food Give Away

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office and District 3 Commissioner-Elect Alana Sanders delivered more than 400 gallons of milk to PruittHealth - Covington, Covington Square Apartments, and the Housing Authority of the City of Covington on Friday, Aug. 7.

Sheriff Brown partners with community leaders to provide more than 700 families with food

Ram Food Give photo

Outside Newton High School on Thursday, Aug. 13, more than 700 families were provided with food during the Ram Family Food Day hosted by Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Pastor Dr. Eric Suddith, of Emmanuel Community Church, Dr. Shannon Buff, Newton High School principal, and Shakila Henderson-Baker, Newton County School System chairwoman.

“I am thankful to live in and serve a community that strives to give back, especially during times such as these,” said Sheriff Brown. “It is a blessing to be able to offer my services to Pastor Dr. Eric Suddith, Dr. Shannon Buff, and Chairwoman Shakila Henderson-Baker so families can be provided with basic necessities. We would not have been able to help more than 700 families without the assistance of our volunteers, so I would like to extend my gratitude to all those who provided us with their time and dedication.”

NCSO Chief Deputy Jerry Carter, Deputy Michael Gregg, and Deputy Tim Smith joined Sheriff Brown, Pastor Dr. Suddith, Dr. Buff, and Chairwoman Henderson-Baker in the food giveaway. An estimated 50,000 pounds of food were given out by the end of the day.

Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office provide food to families at Riverside Mobile Park

River Side photo

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Sheriff Ezell Brown and Deputy Michael Gregg delivered food to the families at Riverside Mobile Park who were unable to attend to the food giveaway at Newton High School. Families were given oatmeal, catfish, dried beans, orange juice, and much more.

Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office host 9th Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway

Back to school photo

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office provided more than 5000 book bags to school-aged children during the 9th Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway held on Friday, Aug. 14, and Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at the Westside Precinct.

Every year since its inception in 2011, Sheriff Brown and the Sheriff’s Office provide school supplies and backpacks to children, in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, during the Back to School event. The event is typically held in mid-July; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event differed from previous years because the number of participants were limited in order to meet the guidelines set forth by the CDC.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers who helped ensure our 9th Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway would be a success in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sheriff Brown. “I would also like to thank my staff for always making sure we are out front doing what we are called to do and taking care of our community.”

Sheriff Brown continued, “Safety was our top priority during this year’s event. From the very beginning, even in the planning process, our top priority was ensuring our children would have a safe, no contact environment to pick up their much-needed school supplies. Not only are we providing children with basic school supplies but we are providing them with the opportunity to have a successful start in their academics.”

This year’s Back to School event was sponsored by Rockdale County VFW Post 5290 and the Covington Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office attend drive-by birthday for young aspiring law enforcement officer

lea Biryhday photo

On Sunday, Aug. 16, Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office attended a drive-by birthday celebration for 11-year-old Lea Hammett, who has aspirations to become a police officer.

“Happy birthday, Lea,” said Sheriff Brown. “It was an honor to be part of your drive-by birthday celebration. I wish you all the best in the years to come as you work towards your goal of becoming a police officer.”

Deputy Michael Gregg, Deputy Susan Young, and Deputy Tim Smith joined Sheriff Brown in surprising Hammett and her family outside their residence in Covington, Georgia.

NCSO leaders awarded the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award

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Sgt. Wade Freeman, Sgt. Tony Howard, Cpl. Kenneth Kent, and Lt. Selena Williams of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office were recently awarded the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA) Trilogy Award. 

“I commend Sgt. Freeman, Sgt. Howard, Cpl. Kent, and Lt. Williams on receiving the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Trilogy Award,” said Sheriff Ezell Brown. “The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is honored to have leaders, such as yourselves, who are dedicated to their community and strive to become law enforcement officers.”

To earn the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy award, law enforcement officers must complete advanced training through the FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Institute, Command Leadership Institute and Executive Leadership Institute. Sgt. Freeman, Sgt. Howard, Cpl. Kent, and Lt. Williams completed the three trainings within 6 months.
Topics covered in training include leadership case studies, performance and risk management, command discipline and liability, bias and diversity, social and emotional intelligence, and public trust.
Each of the three trainings are four-and-a-half days long, with intensive and immersive programs designed for law enforcement supervisors.
The mission of FBI-LEEDA is advance the science and art of law enforcement leadership and promote the exchange of information to improve law enforcement management practices through training, education, and networking among police professionals.

Sheriff Brown and the National Sheriffs’ Association present Deputy Almond Turner’s family with a Certificate of Merit

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On behalf of the National Sheriffs’ Association, Sheriff Ezell Brown presented the son of the late Deputy Almond Turner, Dwahn Turner, with a Certificate of Merit on Tuesday, Aug. 18, during the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office nominated Deputy Turner - on his behalf - for the 2020 National Sheriffs' Association “Reserve Deputy of the Year Award,” a title he held prior to his unexpected death on Nov. 23, 2019.

“The National Sheriffs’ Association felt Deputy Turner’s valuable contributions to his community and the field of criminal justice and law enforcement should be commended,” said Sheriff Brown. “Deputy Turner served and protected his community for more than 46 years, and upon his retirement, he became a member of the Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Unit, where he continued to serve his community.”

Sheriff Brown added, “Deputy Turner was an elected official and public servant. He served in the capacity of Assistant Police Chief in 1997 with the City of Covington until his retirement; also, he was elected as a Newton County School Board Member in 1996, where he served until his passing.  He possessed unconditional love for his community and his vast attributes will forever be cherished.”

Sheriff Brown also presented the son of Deputy Turner with a deputy sheriff badge following the presentation of the Certificate of Merit.

Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office participate in drive-by birthday for 5-year-old girl

Nicole Birthday photo

On Saturday, Aug. 29, Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office participated in a drive-by birthday celebration for Nicole Toro De Vega, who turned five years old.

 “I hope your fifth birthday was the happiest one yet, Nicole,” said Sheriff Brown. “Thank you for allowing me and my deputies to be part of your big day.”

Deputy Michael Gregg and Deputy Tim Smith joined Sheriff Brown in surprising Nicole and her family outside their residence in Covington, Georgia.

Ezell Brown, Sheriff

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