Miles to seek second term

Sheriff John Miles

A 26-year veteran of law enforcement and public safety, John Miles announced this week his intention to seek re-election as sheriff of Candler County.

Sheriff Miles, who was first elected in 2016, has been with the Candler County Sheriff’s Office for the past 15 years, serving as both a deputy and investigator. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Georgia Southern University and is a POST Certified Police Officer and a POST Executive, Instructor and Firearms Instructor. Altogether, he has over 1,650 hours of POST training.

“It is both an honor and privilege to serve the people of Candler County,” commented Sheriff Miles. “We have made some significant improvements in the Sheriff’s Office during the past four years but my job is not finished. We still have important work to do.

“Thanks to an outstanding staff and deputies who are committed to ensuring the safety of our citizens, we are working hard every single day to make sure our county continues to be a safe and wonderful place to live, work and raise a family,” Sheriff Miles continued.

This past year, deputies performed over 10,000 house safety checks and responded to 8,138 calls. Sheriff Miles added that the average response time, according to reports, was less than five minutes, and 613 inmates were booked in the Candler County Jail.

“We will continue to crack down on crime in our community,” pledged Sheriff Miles. “I am proud of the fact that we have improved our community alert system and social media outreach to keep citizens informed. We have rounded up sex offenders and worked to keep drugs off the street.

“Just as important, we have added two school safety resource deputies and we have finally issued weapons to our deputies without requiring them to pay as was the policy prior to my election as sheriff. I am also proud of the fact we now have at least two deputies on patrol 24/7. Looking ahead, I am fully committed to serving our citizens efficiently and effectively,” added Sheriff Miles.

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