Office of the Sheriff
Towns County, GA
Sheriff Chris M. Clinton
2012 PRESS
On Saturday, May 5, Chatuge Gun Club
President Ed Jones held a class on safe
handling of firearms. Mr. Jones asked
Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton to
present an update on related gun laws
and use-of-force issues to the group.
Hiawassee Police Chief Wright speaks
with Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton
at the recent ATTEN meeting
Sheriff Chris
Clinton recently
visited Towns
County Schools to
speak to
involved in a
Family Connection
program called
Prevention Pals.
The children were
very receptive and
information on
safety and
On Saturday, June 9, 2012, Sheriff Chris Clinton spoke at
Ramey Mountain Home Owner’s Association’s annual
picnic.  Sheriff Clinton spoke about the Georgia Sheriffs’
Youth Homes and decreased donations to the organization
due to the economy, and encouraged donations to the
worthy cause.  He also spoke about the 30% reduction in
crime in Towns County over the last four years due
proactive law enforcement and community involvement.  He
also spoke of transparency and openness in government.
Sheriff Clinton instructs a class for the Institute of Continued Learning at
Young Harris College.  Topics included the history of the Office of Sheriff,
modern day peace keeping, and the extensive duties of the county sheriff.  
The three-day class, taught over a period of three weeks, began in February,
2012 and concluded in March, 2012.
The Towns County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding the
robbery of Citizens South Bank in Hiawassee, GA on Monday, June 25, 2012.  
Please see the June 27, 2012 update presser
HERE. If you know the
whereabouts of this man, you are encouraged to contact the Towns County
Sheriff's Office at 706/896-4444.
Sheriff Clinton was honored
by the Georgia Jail
Association on Sunday, June
24, 2012 at their annual
conference at Brasstown
Valley Resort.  This is the
second award bestowed upon
Sheriff Clinton by the GJA;
the first was in 2008.
Towns County Sheriff’s Office sponsored a FiFa
class Friday June 22nd at the Towns County
Courthouse. A “writ of Fieri Facias” (FiFa) is a
court order commanding the sheriff to collect a
judgment by either collecting the money or to
levy and sell sufficient property to satisfy the
judgment. Attendees included Towns County
Sheriff’s Office Court Services deputies and
White County personnel. As requested by other
courts, the TCSO plans to offer additional
classes for deputy sheriffs and court personnel.

(Left to right:)  Deputies Tony Elliot and
Richard Morgan with two White County
Sheriff's Office deputies.
Caption: Sgt. Doug Loyd and Sheriff Chris Clinton take their turn at the bag during
training with ASP batons, while Lt. Dennis Young and Sgt. Darron Jones look on.
Please look at these pictures of (top left to right) the Regions Bank robbery
suspect from Toccoa, GA in March, 2012, and the Peach State bank robbery
suspect from Gainesville, GA in April, 2012.  The car (bottom left) is potentially
the car that was used in the Peach State Bank robbery.  If you have any
information about these men, please contact the GBI tips line at
1-800-597-8477, or call the Towns County Sheriff's Office at 706/896-4444.
Stolen Construction Equipment Recovered

On May 16, 2012, a Vermeer directional boring machine owned McClure Communication
in Marble, NC, was stolen from High River subdivision on 75 south. By mid-June, Towns
County Sheriff’s detectives, working with North Carolina investigators and Vermeer, had
found the location of the machine and placed a hold on it to be returned to the victim.

The machine, valued at $176,000, was recovered in the northern portion of NC.

The case is still under investigation by both Georgia and North Carolina authorities.
On Wednesday, October 17, Sheriff Clinton visited the 3- and
4-year-old class at the McConnell Memorial Church
Preschool.  He spoke to the kids about safety. The children
were very attentive and, of course, full of questions. Topics
included “stranger danger,” staying away from guns, the role
of the sheriff’s deputies in keeping children safe, and
Halloween safety. The Sheriff enjoyed the fun time with the
children and they all invited him back for another visit.