|| Thomas Jefferson, author of our nation’s constitution, wrote in 1812, “the Office of Sheriff is the most important of all the executive offices of the county.” Recognizing the importance of this position, our forefathers firmly planted the Office of Sheriff in our Constitution as an autonomous office answerable to the people by election.
Georgia law provides that sheriffs are the chief law enforcement officers of their counties and keepers of the county jail. I have no mission statement for my office as the Georgia Supreme Court clearly defined our mission long ago when it said, “the Office of Sheriff carries with it the duty to preserve the peace, and protect the lives, persons, property, health, and morals of the people.”
I am both honored and humbled to hold this venerable office. The good people of Putnam County have graciously chosen me to hold this office for almost 16 years now. It is my sincere desire to protect the public in a professional, fair, efficient manner, and I hope to continue do so for as long as the citizens will have me.
Howard R. Sills, Sheriff