Clinton drops out of 2020 sheriff’s race

Sheriff Chris Clinton

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – In an unexpected turn of events, Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton announced on his Facebook page Friday afternoon, Nov. 22, that he will no longer seek re-election in the 2020 sheriff’s race. Clinton’s announcement follows in its entirety.

“Sometimes, we get so busy doing things that others want us to do that we forget to listen to that still, small voice that should guide the faithful along,” Clinton wrote. “Crystal and I seem to be better at serving others than we are at taking care of our own health. I am humbled at the faith so many have in me, but I also feel the time has come for my family to move on to another chapter in our lives and I will no longer be seeking re-election as sheriff.

“I will always be thankful for some of the lasting friendships I have made – so many people I would have never met that have worked so hard to do so much for others. I will always cherish those memories and am a better man for the experience. There are some truly wonderful people in this area. I am honored to have gotten to know so many of them.

“The past three years have been especially difficult for my family. After taking care of my grandfather for the last two years of his life, we suddenly lost him and our friend and band mate in January, as well as two other family friends, all within about a month. Life is short and precious. The weight of it all has taken a toll on my health and my family’s well-being. While the community can find another to serve as sheriff, my wife and children only have me and it is time that I return to being just a husband and dad. It is time for our family to seek the things God has left for us to accomplish. One thing Crystal and I have left to do is raise a little boy and we would like to do that without the distraction of politics and all that comes with it.

“I am thankful for those who have placed their trust in me all these years. I am thankful for the superb staff at the sheriff’s office and for all of our volunteers who serve in so many ways. I intend to continue to offer Citizen Law Enforcement Academy courses in the coming year in the hope that the program will continue. We are beginning another effort to provide Christmas gifts for Towns County’s less fortunate children through the Towns County Sheriff’s Empty Stocking Fund and I hope I can count on all of you to continue to support these children again this year.

“I look forward to 2020 being the best of the thirteen years entrusted to me as Sheriff of Towns County and pray God’s continued blessings on our community.”

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  1. Stan Wruble November 22, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Smartest move he ever made, next smartest move IMHO for him would be to vacate the County so we can have some clean air again.⚔️

  2. Chuck Luca November 22, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Sheriff Clinton has been a friend. When I was party Chairman he & Crystal came to all regular meetings and would speak at the meetings whenever asked. As times change things effect everyone different ways. There have been a lot of personal changes that have caused Chris to make this decision. I wish Chris and Christal God’s blessings & success in all they do in the future!! We will still be friends!!
    Chuck Luca

  3. Jim Russell, Blairsville November 23, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you Sheriff Clinton, for your service. Family first.

  4. Angie Dover November 24, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Its so clear they couldn’t handle the truth exposed. Time for a fresh new start and better future for Towns County.

  5. Blane Berryman December 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Follow your heart, family first ….

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