Kenny Lee 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?
In my first month in office I will add “In God We Trust” to all HCSO vehicles. I will also work to begin hiring for vacated positions from those who retire with our current sheriff. My goal is to fill any vacant positions with interested applicants already working for HCSO.
Within my first year as sheriff my goal is to revisit our youth programs and put programs and services in place that work best for our children and the parents/guardians of our community.
I also plan to review our current School Resource Officer (SRO) program to make sure the program and all the officers are properly trained and equipped to proactively address any situation they may be faced with.
Finally, I’d like to start a community policing program that is second-to-none. I truly believe that this is the key to ensuring all of citizens of Henry County feel safe and secure. The elderly citizens of Henry County deserve to feel safe and the youth of our county should know that the sheriff’s office is here for them. We always have the best interest of our citizens in mind.
2.) What do you think is the most important skill of being an excellent Sheriff?
I think the most important skill of being an excellent sheriff is the ability to relate to the community served and the officers overseen. An excellent sheriff needs to be active with both. I believe our county is looking for a sheriff who can bridge uncertainties or discomfort within the community. I believe our county is looking for someone with the foresight to put importance on and teach skills such as deescalation, cultural awareness and tolerance. With my current position as a corrections officer those are three areas I am familiar with and not only possess the skills to enact but to teach as well.
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 sheriff’s office is one of immediacy. It’s imperative that the new sheriff fills leadership positions now vacant due to retirements from the current sheriff. Fortunately for Henry County residents, Sheriff McBrayer has done an excellent job of building a workforce within the sheriff’s office which will provide a pool of highly qualified officers and staff to step in with little disruption and allow the daily workings of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office to continue to run smoothly. This ease of transition will assist me in making sure that all officers have the training and equipment necessary to best serve the community.
4.) What specific managerial/leadership experiences do you have that qualify you for this job?
I currently oversee approximately five divisions at the Clayton County Correctional Facility:
- Inmate Transport
- Third-Party Contractor Services
- Inmate Facility Logistics
I also oversee the Locust Grove recreational baseball/softball facilities.
- Building and organizing 40+ ball teams and coaches every season
- Game and practice schedules for those 40+ teams each season
- Coordination and scheduling of umpires
- Field maintenance, appearance and safety.
Between my job at the correctional facility along with my experience with the Locust Grove recreational facilities I believe I have shown our county that I can work in drastically different situations where both demand leadership and attention to detail. My ability to do both of these well shows I’m not only versatile but proficient in my leadership roles and abilities.
5.) Why are you the best man for the job?
I am the best candidate for sheriff because I am a good man. My dedication to this community is beyond reproach.
I have 25 years of service to the Clayton County Correctional Facility. I have dedicated my adult career to law enforcement.
I also have 24 years as a resident of the Henry County community—serving our youth since I became a resident on Henry County.
I am committed the residents of Henry County and I will give 110% each day to be the best sheriff the residents of Henry County could ask for. In my continued dedication to serving the Henry County community I plan to anticipate the needs and desires of the residents in this great community and take proactive steps to address them with attention to detail and the immediacy deserved.
Henry County is a great community and through my continued commitment to the county I intend to build on and uphold the great qualities and characteristics that make Henry County the best county in the metro area to reside.
I know I am the best candidate for this position because I have faced struggles in my life that I am grateful to have either recovered from or developed healthy coping mechanisms. The beauty and grace of these hardships and struggles that I’ve faced in the last four years have made me a stronger person and brought me closer to God.
My personal experiences have helped open my eyes to the fact that our community, though wonderful and diverse, needs to keep working towards togetherness, understanding and acceptance in order to continue growing and flourishing as the best metro county to reside in and I know I am the best candidate to bring this vision to fruition.