Reginald Scandrett 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 thirty (30) days I will address the staff to calm the waters. The transition of Sheriff’s is one of the most stressful times in a Sheriff’s Office employee’s career. It is imperative that employees are reassured and reminded of their individual importance with respect to the future of the office. This is accomplished by having a conversation with each employee individually, assessing their strengths and weaknesses and explaining to them the strategic plan moving forward. In addition, I will establish a transition team.
The members of the transition team will include tenured Henry County Sheriff executives and other experienced law enforcement professionals.
Their responsibilities will be; but are not limited to, the following:
- Review policies, procedures and protocols
- Conduct task specific audits where applicable
- Review the budget in its entirety
- Review staffing assignments and needs
- Review all equipment assigned to officers and the supply area in its entirety.
- Conduct interviews with all current staff.
Within the first year, I have established a detailed and robust strategic plan that includes the first 100 days of operations, short term and long-term planning for the first four years of my administration. The content of my strategic plan will directly identify our mission, vision, values, objective and S.M.A.R.T. goals ( Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely). One important goal, I plan to address early within my administration is to revamp the security of the Court Division for our judges.
2.) What do you think is the most important skill of being an excellent Sheriff?
I believe that the most important skill of being a Sheriff is to have bona fide executive experience. This experience is acquired through what is called the K.S.A.s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities). The effects of being a prudent leader is only obtained by progressing through each area and rank of the Sheriff’s Office and having the education ad training to substantiate the prior reference. I am blessed enough to have achieved all of the prior reference. I graduated magnum cum laude from Saint Leo University with a degree in Criminal Justice. I have 30 years of progressive executive experience, all in the Sheriff’s Office. I am currently P.O.S.T. certified. I have an extensive training background that includes, but is not limited to , P.O.S.T. Certified general instructor, P.O.S.T. Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, P.O.S.T. Certified ASP baton instructor, F.B.I. Defensive Tactics Instructor, Hostage Rescue Certified, S.W.A.T. Certified, S.W.A.T. Command certified and Inmate Death Certified.
3.) What is the biggest need of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department now and what would you do to fill that need?
I believe the biggest need of all Sheriff Offices nationwide is recruiting and retaining qualified personnel. Particularly with respect to Jail Operations. Unfortunately, this is largely due to the inherit dangers that come with the job; as well as the current challenges between the community and law enforcement. I have a very specific plan with respect to aggressively recruiting quality personnel; which will require the establishment of a Backgrounds and Recruitment Division. The sole responsibility of these gifted and highly trained individuals is to nationally and locally recruit the best and the brightest civilian and sworn employees for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. I will also establish a Training and Development Division. Their sole responsibility is to train and educate all employees annually with respect to the latest technology, skills, tactics, industry standards and best practices. Lastly, I will create a Community Relations and Outreach Division to directly address the growing concerns between law enforcement and the community.
4.) What specific managerial/leadership experiences do you have that qualify you for this job?
As I stated earlier, I have been blessed to have 30 years of progressive executive experience all with the Sheriff’s Office. I was honored to have been promoted under each of the seven Sheriff’s I served. My specific rank and assignments over those years were as follows:
- Hired as Detention Officer 1
- Promoted to Detention Officer 2
- Promoted to Detention Officer 3
- Promoted to Jail Training Officer
- Promoted to Corporal (selected for J.E.S.T. – Jail Emergency Services Team)
- Promoted to Deputy Sheriff
- Promoted to Deputy Sheriff Sergeant ( assigned to Jail Operations, Training Section, and selected for S.W.A.T.)
- Promoted to Deputy Sheriff Lieutenant (Assigned as the Sheriff Office Jail Academy and Training Director).
- Transferred as Deputy Sheriff Lieutenant to the Court Division as the Assistant Court Commander.
- Promoted to Deputy Sheriff Captain ( Assigned the Commander over Field Operations and the Criminal Warrant Division)
- Promoted to Deputy Sheriff Major (Assigned as the Chief of Jail Operations with a budget of $52,000,000.).
- Created the Metro Atlanta Chief Jailers Group and the Metro Atlanta Public Safety Flag Football League
- Promoted to Chief Deputy ( Gave oversight to all Sheriff’s Office slaw enforcement operations to include the Jail, Courts, Field, Training and Reserve Divisions with an overall budget of approximately $90,000,000.
Along each level of progressive executive experiences came various managerial challenges that were met with confidence, competence and collaboration. All of which qualifies me for the position of Sheriff for our great county.
5.) Why are you the best man for the job?
I believe that I am the best person for this job because I have spent over half of my life ( 28 years) living, raising a family, volunteering and staying active in Henry County. This isn’t a hobby, nor a personal vendetta, or aim to bolster my ego. I am a consummate public servant. Becoming Sheriff fits within the trajectory of my specific training, supervisory attributes, managerial fortitude and leadership mantle established over the past 30 years. Simply put, I am prepared with the education and experience required to execute the duties of the Sheriff day 1. Having started from an entry level position and was promoted to every area of responsibility in the office of the Sheriff; except for being voted as Sheriff, I earned each K.S.A. acquired. I truly believe that this significantly qualifies me as the next Sheriff of what I consider to be God’s country, Henry County.
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