Family, friends, and concerned citizens of Morgan County.
“IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE”
For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Kenny Stewart. I was born and raised in Morgan County and I have a strong vested interest in this community. My son grew up here and he will one day raise his children here. I am very proud to call this county my home.
For the majority of my adult life, I have dedicated myself to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. As an 18 Year Veteran of the department, it has always been my goal to one day serve the citizens of Morgan County as your Sheriff.
Today, I am very excited to announce that I will be seeking the Office of Sheriff for Morgan County in the 2020 election cycle. I will be qualifying as a Republican candidate and I humbly ask for your vote.
At this time in my life, I feel uniquely qualified to serve in the capacity as Sheriff for Morgan County. First and foremost are my connections to the community. From my childhood to my graduation from the Morgan County High School, I’ve gotten to know many of you on a personal basis. As I started my professional career with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, my passion to meet and serve the community continued to grow. While employed as a sworn deputy, I had the opportunity to serve in the capacity as deputy, K-9, investigations, narcotics, and as a drug interdiction officer. I worked my way from a basic sworn deputy to Captain in my time with the Sheriff’s Office. As a Captain, I was in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division, and the Jail Division. During my time at the Sheriff’s Office, I worked hard to build close relationships with all agencies on local, state, and federal levels. I was also fortunate to spend a portion of my time with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office attached to the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force as well as the US Drug Enforcement Administration, (DEA).
In 2016 I resigned from the Sheriff’s Office to run for the Office of Sheriff. It was an intimidating process to leave an agency, I so prideful served, but I knew I could be of more value to the community as the Sheriff. It was apparent that the current administration was losing interest and lacked leadership. After thoughtful discussion and prayer with my wife and family, I felt compelled to try and make a difference. Since that time, I have operated several businesses within the community, creating jobs, and working to better the lives of others.
During my time away from the Sheriff’s Office, I have quietly monitored the lack of improvement and continued loss of interest from the current administration. One of the more startling things that stands out to me is the very low number of narcotic search warrants that have been served in the last 3 years. It is important to recognize that narcotics are the cornerstone of most criminal activity. Many thefts, burglaries, and crimes against persons are committed to facilitate drug use.
I have personally witnessed many good people have their lives destroyed by substance abuse. It will be the goal of my administration to work with the community to minimize the impact that drugs have on our citizens.
We have been fortunate to have forward thinking county commissioners who continue to put plans in place to slow our population growth. This has shielded us from some of the increases in criminal activity that other communities have experienced. My plan is to uphold the law to the fullest, in a proactive manor, so we as a community don’t have to experience any increase in crime.
We are going to experience some growth, this is inevitable. What we have to do to avoid a growth in the crime rate, is to become pro-active. The approach of the current administration has been reactive. The only time our community sees an increase in enforcement activity is during an election cycle.
Recently, it was brought to my attention that several concerned citizens were commenting on social media about the lack of enforcement in Morgan County. Our community deserve a Sheriff who will be proactive and fairly enforce the laws at all times for all citizens.
I believe in financial responsibility as well. I don't believe in spending tax dollars frivolously. Currently we have a 19 million dollar Public Safety Complex that the tax payers still owe a 5 million dollar balance on. That facility routinely houses less than 90 inmates. One of the ways that the current Sheriff sold the idea to the taxpayers, was he would house out of county inmates for extra income. It is clear that for some reason that plan was abandoned. This left a large financial burden on the tax payers of Morgan County. In my administration we will explore these and other avenues to expedite a decrease in a debt and minimize the burden to the tax payers in the county. My goal is to be able to retire that debt as soon as possible.
Another of my personal concerns is the safety of the citizens that might require emergency medical help. An additional goal of mine is to train our law enforcement officers in basic emergency medical techniques. Often time’s deputies will be the first on scene. This will greatly increase the survival rate for those in need of immediate medical attention.
In closing I want to assure the citizens that my administration will strive to become a pro-active, community oriented, professional law enforcement agency. Currently I am employed as a Sergeant with the Taliaferro County Sheriff’s office, as an investigator also assigned to the drug interdiction unit. I look forward to returning home to serve the citizens of Morgan County.