Sheriff’s office celebrates achievements at annual Christmas party

Published 4:35 pm Monday, January 8, 2024

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The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office recently held its annual Christmas Party on Dec. 15, marking a special occasion for the law enforcement community to come together in celebration. The event not only provided a platform for fellowship but also served as an opportunity to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of the department’s staff throughout the year.

Sheriff Chris West expressed his gratitude for the support and involvement of the community in helping to select this year’s award recipients. 

“A lot of people got promotions this year and a lot of people received recognition,” Sheriff West said. “I don’t want to take anything away from them because they deserve it, but everyone here deserves recognition. They all contribute.”

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Among the highlights of the evening were the well-deserved promotions of several dedicated officers. Captain Bonessa Davis was promoted to Chief of Staff, while Lieutenant Poole advanced to the rank of Captain. Additionally, Corporal Stephen Ziglar was promoted to Sergeant, and Deputy Albert Slaughter rose to the rank of Corporal. Deputy Gary Koch also earned a promotion to Corporal, reflecting the dedication and hard work of these individuals within the force.

In addition to the promotions, the Christmas Party featured the presentation of awards to commend exemplary service. Sergeant Prince Williams received the prestigious Lifesaving Award, recognizing his heroic actions in saving lives. Meanwhile, Corporal Kimberly Perryman was named Dispatcher of the Year for her exceptional performance in a critical role, and Corporal Colby Adams was honored as Deputy of the Year for his outstanding contributions to law enforcement.

One of the newly promoted officers, K-9 School Resource Officer (SRO) Sergeant Stephen Ziglar, shared his excitement about his recent advancement.

“I wasn’t expecting it (the promotion),” said Ziglar. “But it’s really exciting. Next month I start K-9 school.” 

Having served in various roles within the department, including 3 years on patrol and 3 years in Investigations, Ziglar looks forward to his upcoming work as a K-9 SRO.

“I’ve wanted to work with K-9’s since an internship I did in college,” Ziglar said. “The dog I’m getting will help keep guns and drugs out of our schools.”

The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office invites the community to join in congratulating these dedicated law enforcement professionals on their well-deserved promotions and awards. Their commitment to serving and protecting the community is truly commendable and worthy of celebration.