Curtis S. Farmer is a candidate for Henry County Sheriff. He will appear in the upcoming Democratic Primary on June 9, 2020.
Locust Grove News provided each Sheriff candidate with a questionnaire. The community page has shared each candidate’s responses with Moving Henry Forward for inclusion on our website.
Responses have been reprinted as they were received without any edits for grammar or spelling.
1.) What do you plan to accomplish in your first 30 days? In your first year?
In the first 30 days, I Sheriff Curtis S. Farmer, will be reaching out to the victims or the victim’s family members who were egregiously effected by police brutality and those cases that went unadjudicated and or covered-up here in Henry County. I will be seeking justice for Mr. Fernando Rodriguez — who was Tased to death by three officers simultaneously, Mr. David Powell — I question where was the police cover and concealment (this case will be reviewed), Mr. Jaylin Hughes –Paralyzed via taser (questionable) without an independent investigation, Mr. Phillip Hemphill & Ms. Darlene Santoyo — Both beaten and falsely arrested, were any of these officers brought to justice?
The McDonough Municipal Court system will also be held accountable — under investigation for the false imprisonment of Ms. Ziahonna Teagan who was jailed unlawfully — violating her right to due process of law. I will be requesting and review reports from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (G.B.I) and the county’s coroner’s officeof all of these aforementioned cases seeking justice .
Also in the first 30 days, I would like to increase the Sheriff’s Office presence inside of our school system. We need to be more present due to the guns, drugs, bullying, peer pressure and anxiety that attributes to student suicidal deaths from within our school system. This is a major priority that requires budgeting and serious solution solving with — school board members and the school superintendent, immediately.
I also will be assessing the the county jail conditions, conversating with staff and different inmates at the jail; along with reviewing the courthouse security plan with the Chief Judge of Henry County, which is required by law.
2.) What do you think is the most important skill of being an excellent Sheriff?
The most important skill for being an excellent Sheriff would be listening to the constituents of the county, righteous people will fuel the soul of a righteous Sheriff. There’s no greater skill than listening and being an experienced, knowledgeable and firm but fair servant of the people, dedicated to justice….
3.) What is the biggest need of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department now and what would you do to fill that need?
The biggest need of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office right now is leadership. This county has been without a Sheriff far too long with no government accountability — police brutality corruption cover-ups, municipal court judges falsely detaining citizens without proper due process of law along with guns, drugs, bullying and suicides pressure in our school system. As Sheriff I will establish equality and justice within our judicial system.
Leadership, passion and compassion along with additional diversity staffing will fulfill these needs, leadership is the biggest piece of the puzzle.
4.) What specific managerial/leadership experiences do you have that qualify you for this job?
The managerial / leadership experience that qualify me as your next Sheriff is my heart for righteousness which will never be found in a book other then the Bible. I have 25 years of experience in being a Sergeant Deputy Sheriff, which 21 of those years were in a supervisory managerial / leadership position. I’m well trained in basic law enforcement, jail management, courthouse security and the full understanding of how to be a effective firm but fair Sheriff…
5.) Why are you the best man for the job?
I’m the best person for the job being that I completely understand why Sheriff’s are constitutional officers “most” Sheriff’s are in office for “personal power” not understanding or caring that Sheriff’s are elected to protect citizens of their county from government (federal, state and local) abusing, interfering and violating the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of the people — which are outline in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.
The Sheriff must address and be present on-scene of all governmental police brutality cases, rogue municipal court judge(s) cases, false government imprisonments cases, government embezzlement cases. etc., The Sheriff is the law enforcement officer you call– when local, state and federal government officials have infringed upon your civil rights and defaulted on the Constitution of the United States of America. The Sheriff investigates and holds government officials accountable for all criminal activities, and the District Attorney prosecutes said cases accordingly…