Jack Redlinger is a candidate for Henry County Sheriff. He will appear in the upcoming Republican 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?
As Sheriff, my immediate priority would be to build a relationship with the all the employees of the Sheriff’s Office. Those first steps involve me learning about them and fully understanding their goals and day to day operations and procedures. I am joining their team and I want to ensure camaraderie and maintain high morale. We plan on tackling challenges, identifying areas of improvement, furthering the development of our employees and ultimately keeping our citizens safe.
2.) What do you think is the most important skill of being an excellent Sheriff?
The most important skill will be strong leadership. Strong leadership breeds everything else, without it you are destined to fail. A Sheriff must also be a good listener, compassionate, and have good common sense along with some street smarts. You can have all the education degrees in the world but without common sense you just have a piece of paper and not a skilled Sheriff.
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, like with all transitions in leadership, will be maintaining the stability of the foundation. That foundation consists of all the men and woman of the Sheriff’s Office. I plan to be the kind of sheriff that leads by example and inspires those professionals to want to give their very best for the citizens of this county.
4.) What specific managerial/leadership experiences do you have that qualify you for this job?
I was fortunate to be the son of two United States Marines. I had terrific role models and a front row seat to learn the principles of leadership. When I started in Law Enforcement over 37 years ago as an Atlanta Police Officer, I applied those principles in various units I served. As a hostage negotiator in a major metropolitan center, you spend a lot of time leading and solving problems under tremendous pressure. Once I transitioned to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, I was selected to build and lead specific units, like the traffic division and hostage negotiation team, along with Command College and supervisory levels 1, 2, and 3.
5.) Why are you the best man for the job?
I would like to say that I am the “right” person for the job. There will be plenty of candidates with impressive qualifications. But, I know how to unite people, motivate them and inspire them in order to collectively succeed. Combined with my qualifications, experience and the ability to execute makes me the right person for the job.