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Sheriff Donny Turner has done many great things during his near 20-year t...
Sheriff Donny Turner continues to blame others for his shortcomings and failure to perform his duties. Once again, he has used his personal newsletter, Troup County News, to attack the LaGrange ... Troup County Sheriff Donny Turner's apparent obsession with a nonexistent feud with LaGrange Daily News has clouded his judgment. In his latest, blatant example of withholding information, the...
Troup County Sheriff Donny Turner's apparent obsession with a nonexistent feud with LaGrange Daily News has clouded his judgment.
For years, Turner has made access to information difficult for LaGrange Daily News staffers. He constantly monitors what his staff says, purposely avoids phone calls and emails. The only time he's truly forthcoming with information is when it puts his department in a positive light. Things had improved slightly since February, when we reached out to the sheriff to establish some dialogue. We were starting to receive more information from his department, however, we still did not have the same access as the Troup County News. Any positive news from the sheriff's department will almost surely be published in the TCN. However, anything negative will not appear. This was evident in the past week as the TCN failed to print any balanced coverage of Turner threatening an opponent's campaign worker. The only coverage TCN provided was one-sided and, once again, in favor of Turner. Turner has repeatedly demonstrated disrespectful disregard for civil discourse on any subject not to his liking. By shutting out the media, Turner cuts out the conduit to the public that takes time to review and analyze public records, reports on successes and mistakes, and lets residents know how their employees are performing and how their taxpayer money is being spent. Turner has tried to use his bullying and intimidation tactics, once again. We have several questions for Sheriff Turner after viewing this post: Your response is requested, Sheriff Turner. In the TCN, Turner said he apologized publicly for this mistake. Who did he apologize to? Some of us know the Police Chief Turner spoke of to Whitney...He (the former Police Chief is a good person) ...Turner is suppose to be his friend...Why. Sheriff Turner could have put all of this to rest in the beginning if he had apologized in person to those who he might have wronged and at the same time admitted that what he did, though maybe not illegal, was wrong. So far all Sheriff Turner has done is try to justify his actions and point fingers at others who he feels have created this unfortunate incident. Sheriff Turner, you did this to yourself. The LaGrange Daily news obviously has bias against Donny Turner. If you knew the real Turner you would know it's not garbage, it's the truth. He has preyed on others for far too long. His reign of terror and intimidation have been far reaching and there are many who have been forced into silence for the time being out of fear. When the voters have had their fill and he's out of office you won't be able to keep up with the number of names and situations that will surface regarding his moral character and dealings. He is a bully and predator and I pray he never comes after your family's fortunes. OK, Donny put his foot in his mouth, there is no question about that. Can you say you have never done that before? My question to the voters of Troup County, do you feel safe, do you think the county is safe? If you answered yes, then vote for Donny. If you feel that Donny has done you wrong, or that you have run afoul of the sheriff's office, then perhaps there is a reason. Did you our one of your family break the law? If you did, you reap what you sow. I don't know of any reason for someone to be on the sheriff department radar unless you put yourself there. Quit blaming Donny Turner for something you or a family member did. What I was alluding to is Turner taking the lion's share of inheritances that was not his to take, he was only executor. He took advantage of more than one elderly person and wound up with the farm. He did not take my grandfather's because my grandfather knew what had went on and informed my grandmother under NO circumstances was she allowed to let Turner anywhere near finances in the event of his death. He made it very clear Turner was not welcome and would leave when Turner visited my grandmother. While your at it why don't research Marcus Smith and his family's dealings with Turner. I will show my support for my community with my vote against Sheriff Turner.
While Sheriff Donny Turner is generally popular, underneath that affable public face is a sometimes angry man whose control comes from bullying, intimidation and punishment of his critics.
A Message from Sheriff Donny Turner
The past year has been good to most of the citizens of Troup County and it has been good for the Troup County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Donny Turner Sheriff Turner recently purchased another drug dog to assist with the detection of illegal drugs. Since the media is often able to help the Sheriff's Office in the identification or apprehension of suspects, Sheriff Turner believes that his deputies should work closely with the media and accommodate their needs when possible. This investigation is conducted on a timely basis and the findings are forwarded directly to Sheriff Donny Turner for disposition. The Junior Deputy Program was created by Sheriff Turner shortly after taking office in 1993. Upon their arrival at the Sheriffs Office they are introduced to Sheriff Turner and the other staff members, given an official I.D. card with their picture and a custom made t-shirt proclaiming them as sheriff for a day. The Sheriff's Academy for Youth or S.A.Y. is a summer day camp program that Sheriff Turner provides every summer in conjunction with Troup County Parks and Recreation Department. Elderly homebound - those seniors living alone or disabled - can feel a sense of security and caring just knowing a daily call will be made from the office of Sheriff Donny Turner to confirm all is well. At this time, there have been more than twenty new neighborhood watch groups started since Sheriff Donny Turner took office in 1993. The CHAMPS program, created by the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, was implemented by Sheriff Donny Turner and the Troup County School System in 2003 as a more flexible alternative to DARE.
"Success stories from the program pay tribute to the effectiveness of the lesson plan and deputies who have been exemplary instructors," Sheriff Donny Turner said.
C.H.A.M.P.S. instructors must be certified, given a two-week, 80-hour course in McDonough, Georgia, prior to teaching in their respective counties and jurisdictions. The course is conducted once a year and usually in the summer before the beginning of the school year, according to the Sheriff's Office. Traylor initially accepted Sheriff Donny Turner's request to represent the Troup County Sheriff's Office as the C.H.A.M.P.S. program instructor in 2011. "I will take the knowledge gained through training, and combine it with the experience that I have earned in working for Sheriff Turner to be a positive role model for all of Troup County's fifth-graders."