Republican Tim Norton will be Elbert County's next top law enforcement official. Norton garnered about 74 percent of the vote in his race against Democrat Don Charobee in the Nov. 6 election. Norton …
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Republican Tim Norton will be Elbert County's next top law enforcement official. Norton garnered about 74 percent of the vote in his race against Democrat Don Charobee in the Nov. 6 election.
Norton will replace as sheriff fellow Republican Shayne Heap, who is term-limited.
“I'm very excited, very happy with results, and I want to thank the county for believing in me," Norton said. "I look forward to taking the sheriff's office into the future."
Norton moved to Elbert County after retiring from the Phoenix police department after 30 years of service. He served as a patrol officer, field-training and K9 officer. He became lead trainer of the K9 department, and managed 18 handlers and their K9s.
Norton has said he will prepare his department to deal with the increased need for law enforcement due to growth in the county, and will expand the Posse and the Explorer programs, as well as implement programs within the schools to increase safety.
Among his top priorities, Norton said he will do independent audits of all property, evidence, jail, assets and personnel, and implement a neighborhood enforcement team that will investigate all calls of suspicious drug activities.
Charobee began his 35-year career in law enforcement as an inspector with the U.S. Customs service. He served as a street agent, directed daily work assignments of investigators and task force officers as a manger for 15 years. He worked in the private sector after retirement, as a certified anti-money laundering specialist.
“I thought it was going to be a lot closer — obviously, party affiliation seems to be more important than anything else," Charobee said of the election results. "But it's Elbert County, so that's not a surprise."
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