Deputy Babb announces run for sheriff

Tue, 02/12/2008 - 5:43pm
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This letter is to confirm that while I do intend to run for sheriff, I will not begin my campaign until I take my leave of absence from the department.

As long as I am on the taxpayers’ payroll, I will continue to do my job to the very best of my abilities. I have always been dedicated to my duties and will continue to concentrate supervising your patrol officers and developing our next fiscal year budget.

Until I take my leave of absence in April, my top priority remains being on the job. I will organize my campaign team on my off-duty time and I am enjoying building new relationships and being honored by those individuals that are investing in me and Fayette’s future.

We are thrilled with the recent addition of Georgia’s master Republican strategist, Tom Perdue, who has run Saxby Chambliss’ and the late Paul Coverdell’s campaigns. He has also served as chief of staff for both Governor George Busbee and Governor Joe Frank Harris.

I must also prepare my personal finances for my leave as there will be no more paydays. This is a very exciting time for my family and me as I prepare to serve you with servant leadership, accountability and accessibility. I have always advocated our families first and hope to be your family man with family values with a family history here to serve you as sheriff.

Sheriff Johnson swore me in 20 years ago as his deputy and I stated to him as I left his office that day, “I will not let you down.” I continue to pledge that to him and to you.

I have always demanded more from myself than anyone. The sheriff will leave behind a big set of shoes to fill. I plan on building on the good things he has done. My definition of success for my future will be to carry out my duties such that when I retire my reputation will mirror that of Sheriff Johnson.

Thank you for your encouragement and your patience. Once I take my leave, we will officially announce and begin running hard and fast. I will then be in a position to come to you and ask for your support.

Barry Babb

Fayetteville, Ga.

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Submitted by TomDoniphon on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 12:36am.

Good luck with your campaign BB! I know the county will be well served if you win. "Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." Capt. E. Rickenbacker

Submitted by RuKiddin on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 4:24pm.

I have know Barry Babb for some time now. He is both an extremely motivated Supervisor but also has Fayette County roots and a good game plan. No one knows who will be voted in as our next Sheriff, but I can honestly tell you, I would be proud to work under his command.

The county is in the process of changing and the Sheriff's Department must also follow this lead. We can't expect our local law enforcement to keep up with and stay ahead of the crime creeping into our county without a strong leader at the helm. I feel that Barry Babb would fit the bill quite nicely and hope that he or at least one of the other candidates takes the election.

Good Luck Barry, you have my support too!

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Submitted by Tug13 on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 7:58pm.

Deputy Babb,
Family man with family values. Sounds good to me. I look forward to hearing your views on the issues.

Good luck, and thanks for your hard work over the years. Smiling

Submitted by sageadvice on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 9:18pm.

Love to hear your definition of "family values."
What deed keeps you out of the club? Or does it just mean that you have spoken for, or voted for, every republican bill?

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 7:21pm.

First of all big thanks to you, and all of the deputies of the Sheriff's office. Thank you for keeping us safe from clayton, and fulton counties.

You are very right Sheriff Johnson will leave some very big shoes to fill.

We(meaning the citizens of Fayette County) have relied heavily on the Sheriff's Dept. You are the only ones who will answer the phone, and will pick up the case when the local police depts. won't answer the phone or offer help. I will expect the same level of serivce from the person who wins the election. Sheriff Johnson is passionate about serving the people of Fayette County....I expect that tradition to continue.

Best of luck!

Submitted by IMNSHO on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 6:59am.

You are the only ones who will answer the phone, and will pick up the case when the local police depts. won't answer the phone or offer help.

Sky, I'm surprised to read this comment, coming from you, as you have always seemed to be a supporter of our local law enforcement. What a slap in the face to the FPD, PCPD, and TPD.

No, those departments don't keep an officer in the office after business hours to just sit and watch TV and answer the occasional phone call. Those departments have all their on-duty officers out on the roads, patrolling and answering calls for service. Any citizen that needs to speak with an officer between 5pm and 8am can call the non-emergency number (770-461-4357 = 770-461-HELP) and an officer will come talk to them.

The FCSO is not any better, or worse, at offering help to citizens. We are fortunate in this area to have a good track record for that in all the departments.

The FCSO cannot "pick up a case" that is within city limits just because a citizen says their city PD won't take the case. It doesn't work like that. The boundaries are pretty clearly defined, and while the FCSO is authorized to work throughout the cities and counties (and even the state), they have their hands full with unincorporated Fayette.

Submitted by depdawg on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 8:49am.

The FCSO cannot "pick up a case" that is within city limits just because a citizen says their city PD won't take the case. It doesn't work like that. The boundaries are pretty clearly defined, and while the FCSO is authorized to work throughout the cities and counties (and even the state), they have their hands full with unincorporated Fayette.

The FCSO can and do just pick up cases from time to time in any city they choose in Fayette County. I have been involved in several situations in Fayetteville and PTC in which the local agency either didn't handle the call to the citizens liking, or our agency was directly contacted and requested. The Sheriff tries to let each individual PD handle their own call, but from time to time the SO can and does take jurisdiction over an offense. Two case in point situation that come to mind:

(1) Bomb threats phoned in to the Citizen by an alleged gangbanger (worked by the SO, unknown reason)
(2) Tinsel Town Armed Robbery, Barricaded Gunmen, Fayetteville had initial jurisdiction, then the SO took over.

Just a couple of instances where the Sheriff can and did take jurisdiction.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 4:58pm.

I do have respect for and I am very thankful for our local cops. I do support them. This was not a "slap in the face" or at least that was not my intention.

I'll share a couple of examples that prompted my comment. There have been several cases or situations where the police said "sorry we can't help you, call the Sheriff's Dept."

One situation happened to me personally I call Major Dupree, and he said "we can't help you, call the Sheriff's Dept." Which was fine, and the Sheriff's Dept. did help out, they were happy to. I will add that they were surprised that the police did not want to help in the particular situation.

The next situation happened to a friend going through an ugly divorce. He got custody of the kids(yes in Fayette county). The wife who also lives in PTC kidnapped the kids and took them across state line, against judges orders. She was in contempt of court, and the kids were thought to be in danger. Since both parents live in PTC, my friend called the police thinking they would help. They said they could not help, and told him to call the Sheriff's Dept. who did help, and the kids were back home within 24hours.

I am very grateful for a Sheriff who is very serious about serving the people of this county. They fill in when needed. The police can't be everywhere...and neither can the Sheriff's Dept. I would love to see the next police chief work in harmony with the Sheriff's Dept.

Submitted by sageadvice on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 9:05am.

I am amazed to hear that there is NO ONE in any City Police Station for 15 hours a day!

I had just assumed that there was at least 2-3 there for various purposes. Now I know that one person alone would not work alone, so two would be the minimum for 2/3 of the time, but to abandon the office that much sounds odd!
Are they really depending upon 911 for 2/3 of the time?
Who answers the non-emergency number?

Submitted by IMNSHO on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 5:14pm.

The same people who answer your 911 calls also answer your non-emergency calls. Fayette County has a centralized dispatch center... all calls (except for those made directly to the police dept) go through to there, and from there officers and fire/ems are dispatched (5 law enforcement agencies and 3 fire departments).

Just because there is no one at the station doesn't mean there isn't an officer available. They're not at the station because they are out on the road. Call the non-emergency number I mentioned, and you will get the assistance you need.

FPD also does not have officers at the station after business hours.

Not having officers at the station does NOT mean they are not doing their jobs. It is so MORE of them can be out on the streets, protecting and serving on the fly, vs sitting around waiting for something to happen.

Submitted by sageadvice on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 7:30pm.

So, a county dispatcher does the dispatching for PTC PD?
Is the same true during the day shift, or is there a dispatcher in PTC for one shift?
Who do the officers just coming on duty report to---the county dispatcher?
There must be a ton of people in that 911 office to dispatch the whole county!!
How do they make assignment decisions?
Is there a Internet 14 year old girl on the night shifts also? Or is that job only worth one shift? Or did the Chief handle days, maybe?
This means no business can be done with our local Police Station most of the time because it is closed---I would assume, since no one is there!
Is there a Chief, or a Major, or a Captain, or a Colonel on the night shifts? If so, do they work out of their cars or the 911 building (somewhere).
Do these night people stay on the phone a lot? Sounds like it!
Maybe, just a corporal rides around in charge most of the time (2 shifts per day)?
I don't like this very much!

Submitted by drewpdawg on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 8:47pm.

I am not criticizing anyone here, but this is a prime example of why many citizens should sign up for some of the local law enforcement agencies "Citizen Police Academies" that are offered. This course would educate many on the day-to-day operations of our local law enforcement agencies. Fayette County has had a consolidated dispatch/911 Center since back in 1995, I believe. All of the dispatchers from the local jurisdictions were hired by the county and they were cross-trained as EMS/Fire/Police dispatchers. There are a number of operators on hand to handle phone calls, the officers radio traffic, in addition to the dispatching of calls for service. They are all in a large room and are basically at "stations" for each department. They can all assist each other in case of a major situation, i.e. police chase, structure fires, major accidents, etc. I believe Cheryl Rogers is still the head of the 911 center and would probably invite any citizen to come and see how the center operates. Each department is different in regards to staffing during non-business hours. Pretty much each department and each shift is manned by a supervisor of the rank of sergeant or lieutenant in addition to the officers during these times. At the Sheriff's Dept. they have jailers answering phones and a watch office manned during these hours as well. Not sure about PTC PD, but TPD and FPD do not have officers in the buildings at night-but this certainly does not mean they are not available!! Most departments have emergency phones on the buildings should anyone need assistance at the stations. If someone calls one of these departments after-hours they are advised to contact 911 for assistance or the particular department during normal business hours. To say that no business can be done with a local police agency after-hours would be incorrect. Certainly records clerks are not available to obtain copies of incident reports, you can't stop in and pay tickets, etc. However, a citizen can stop by a department at any time and make a report, issue a complaint, etc. at any hour.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 1:04pm.

Sageadvice is an idiot, or at least he plays one on the internet. He posts under 3-4 names and does nothing but argue.

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 1:24pm.

Ditto to your comments.

I've been thinking since this 'multiples' discussion has come up. Sometimes it is very simple to figure out why someone would use various names; kinda like the good guy vs the bad guy all in one. However, on another level it really really makes me wonder about some of these folks. Why do they do it? Do they think everyone blogging is stupid and no one will figure them out. Are they crazy and just picked here to go off. Are they doing research for some 'book'. Is this some sort of new internet game? What's going on. I just don't understand . . .

Submitted by sageadvice on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 3:30pm.

It may be best if you just made your statements and let others make theirs!
If you continue to try and analyze why this and why that, you will continue to not understand!
And just what is it as to "what you wonder about those folks?"
Nobody cares what you figure out and why!

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Submitted by hutch866 on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 3:34pm.

Maybe you could explain it to all of us you're the one with the most screen names, is there a reason for this or are you contending for this years Sybill award?

I yam what I yam....Popeye

Submitted by sageadvice on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 6:36am.

Sounds like you need to attend one of those classes!
You don't know! You are not sure! etc.
You can pay tickets at night, you can't!
And what does "after hours" mean?
Do Hospitals have after hours? (shouldn't have asked that---of course they do----never go to a hospital on a Friday, a week-end, or a Monday!
Or, after 4:00 P.M. until 9:00 A.M.)
Would it be easy to rob a vacant police station from say, 6:00P.M. until 7:00 A.M.? Do they have guns in there? Evidence? Cash?

Submitted by drewpdawg on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 10:57am.

Before taking things personal, please go back and read again and you will see that the only part of my previous post states that the only portion I mentioned "not being sure of" was whether Cheryl Rogers is still the Director of the 911 center and whether PTC PD has any officers or other personnel on duty during non-business hours. I don't think that warrants my attending the training classes. Your posts brought up questions that I felt could be answered in that particular setting and it would be beneficial. Again, it was not to criticize but to offer a suggestion of how you might found out the answers to your particular questions. Also, in going back and reading my post again you will also notice the word "can't" followed by pay a citation. I never said you could pay a citation after hours.

Submitted by sageadvice on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 12:08pm.

Yousaid you could complain, etc., at any time? You read it again.

Anyway, who wants to have a person from the PD teach us how they work. Afraid it would be unclear and prejudiced, at the scene at that particular time!

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