Newnan announces candidacy for Howard sheriff

Howard County Police Capt. John Newnan announced plans earlier this month to run for sheriff in the 2014 election.

Newnan, who joined HCPD in 1986, has served in many capacities in the department, including chief of staff within the Office of the Chief of Police, and commander of the Automated Enforcement Division and the Support Services Division.

"I've had an opportunity to work in almost every facet of the Police Department," Newnan, a resident of Lisbon, said Tuesday, June 11. "I think my experience makes me a great candidate to help move the Sheriff's Office forward."

Newnan, 56, currently serves as the commander of the Information Management and Technology Bureau at HCPD, a role he believes will aid him if he is elected.

"I want to bring more efficiencies to the Sheriff's Office through technology," Newnan said. "From my understanding, there are a lot of processes completed with pen and paper. I'm hearing from some of the deputies that the department is still working back in the last century in some regards. In the Police Department we have been very good with technology, so that's one of my goals."

Newnan said the sheriff's department — which provides prisoner transport to and from the courthouse, serves court orders and summons, performs extraditions, and provides security for Howard County's Courthouses — is an "integral part" of law enforcement in the county.

"The deputies must be equipped with resources needed to do their job and must be led by a professional committed to their welfare and motivated to work with them, as together, we will make our county safer and continue to uphold the high quality of life we enjoy in Howard County," Newnan said in a statement.

Current Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, who was re-elected to a second term in 2010, said he will be running for re-election but declined to comment on Newnan's announcement.

According to the Howard County Board of Elections, Newnan, a Democrat, is the only candidate to file as of June 11. The deadline for filing is Feb. 25, 2014.

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