2017-07-27 / Front Page

Lawson, Poss, Reviere qualify for sheriff

Three candidates qualified for the position of Lincoln County sheriff, which will be decided in a special election slated for Tuesday, September 19. Those candidates include Gerald S. Lawson, Euguene Poss, and Paul C. Reviere, and their profiles, submitted to The Lincoln Journal, appear alphabetically below.

“Qualifying went well, and we now have one Republican and two Democrats running for office, which means there’s a possibility for a runoff in October,” Board of Elec­tions Executive Director Lilvender Bolton commented. “The public is reminded that they don’t have to choose a party, everyone will be listed on the same ballot.”

Bolton also reminded the public that absentee ballot forms can now be picked up at the Board of Elec­tions office.

For more information, call the office at 706-359-6126.

Furthermore, candidates and those involved with their campaigns are reminded that all advertisements run in The Journal must be turned in before 2 p.m. on Fridays in order to meet publication deadline.

Former Lincoln County Sheriff Gerald S. Lawson expressed that, “It was an honor to serve this county as your sheriff. I am running on expe­rience, training, qualifications, and record as sheriff from 2005-2013.”

Lawson is a graduate of the Albany Police Academy, Georgia Chiefs of Police Academy, Georgia Sheriffs’ Elect Academy, National Sheriffs’ Institute, and the Army Civilian Federal Law Enforcement Academy. He is also P.O.S.T. certified.

He has over 40 years of Law Enforcement Experience working as a law enforcement officer with Doerun PD, Athens PD, Clarke County PD, as a U.S. Army Mili­tary Police Officer, Federal Court Security Officer, Lincoln County sheriff, and with the Department of Army Chief of Police.

After receiving an associate’s degree from Reinhardt College, Lawson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in education from UGA and a master.’.s .degree .in .public .ad­ministration from Jacksonville State University.

He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army, having served for over 23 years.

During his tenure as sheriff, Law­son has been responsible for 24-hour protection of 7,996 (2010) citizens/ visitors in Lincoln County; he was responsible for a $1.2 million dol­lar budget and the supervision of 31 employees within the Sheriff’s Office, jail and dispatch; and he was responsible for $3.2 million dollars in revenue to the county for housing federal inmates. In the last 4 years has saved the county $288,000 by utilizing inmate labor.

He was responsible for over 200 investigations ranging from mur­ders, assaults, thefts, drugs, and other crimes; responsible for over $500,000.00 of stolen property be­ing returned to the rightful owner; for writing and implementing the Court House Security Plan approved by the Toombs Judicial Circuit; he supervised the serving of over 10,000 court papers, subpoenas, warrants, and civil processes; and oversaw the booking and supervi­sion of 1,695 inmates in the county jail.

He and his wife, Holly, a teacher at LCES, have three children and are active members at Pine Grove UMC.

Lincoln County native Eugene “Gene” Poss has been a part of the law enforcement family and profes­Profiles sion since 1993. With over 20 years of experience, Poss has served his community as a peace officer and deputy sheriff for the Lincoln Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, and has filled the position of chief of police, officer, and peace officer for the Lincolnton Police Department throughout his years of service.

Poss is likewise certified as a com­munications officer, and in basic law enforcement, having also received training through the Georgia As­sociation of Chiefs of Police, the G.B.I. Training Academy, Georgia State Patrol, and countless other entities.

With a platform that puts commu­nity at the forefront, Poss’ number one priority is to provide profes­sional law enforcement services to the citizens and businesses of this community.

“I strive every day to serve our citizens with honor, integrity, and respect. I also strive to keep pace with new, old, and proven methods and programs that will let our resi­dents and visitors live, work, play, and relax in a safe environment. I realize that we can’t sit back and relax,” he said.

“We can and must do more to im­prove the safety of our community. I will continue to build a Sheriff’s Office that values community in­volvement and outreach to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of this office,” Poss said. “This is my personal commitment to you as a candidate for the office of sheriff, Lincoln County, Georgia.”

Poss and his wife Tina have three children, Kathy, Ernie, and Lori, and two grandchildren, Spencer and Skyla.

Paul C. Reviere has served the people of the county as deputy coro­ner from 1980-1991 and as coroner from 1991-2017. Additionally, he has served the community as a third grade school teacher, a minister, and an associate at the funeral home. Regionally he has served as both a member and as chair of the Board of Trustees for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which governs accreditation in eleven southeastern states.

Reviere is a life-long resident of Lincolnton and is married to the for­mer Ann Florence. He is a product of the Lincoln County schools, and he holds a Bachelor’s of Science in political science with an emphasis in state and local government. He has amassed numerous hours of training in death investigation, office administration, and various aspects of enforcement as it pertained to his service as coroner. He has re­ceived additional training, much on a voluntary basis, from not only the Georgia Coroner‘s Training Council (GCTC), but also from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GP­STC), Augusta University Medical Center, and the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. Much of his training has included many courses and objectives that are dually accredited for both coroners and law enforcement personnel certified by both GCTC and Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Train­ing (POST).

“I am honored to serve the people of our community and I am grateful for the confidence and trust they have placed in me in the past,” Reviere said. He hopes the people of Lincoln County will continue to demonstrate that same confidence and trust by allowing him the privi­lege of serving them as sheriff.

Reviere pledges to build upon the unity and harmony that has brought the community together and that became the hallmark of the tenure of Sheriff Bruce Beggs. He is com­mitted to and pledges to serve all of the people of Lincoln County with the utmost dignity, integrity, and dedication.

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