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Governor appoints Sheriff Ralston to Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council

Governor Nathan Deal today announced the appointment of Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston to the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council.

POST is a state regulatory agency whose mission is "to provide the citizens of Georgia with qualified, professionally trained, ethical, and competently trained peace officers and criminal justice professionals." The Council has statutory authority in matters of peace officer certification and discipline, agency certification, officer training and qualifications, and statutory requirements for entities and individual peace officers.

The Council is composed of a cross section of professionals including local government officials, representatives of statewide peace officer associations and law enforcement chief executives all selected by the governor.

Sheriff Ralston has previously served on state legislative committees on timber fraud and asset forfeiture. In 2017 and 2018 he served on the Governor's Law Enforcement Task Force.

Sheriff Ralston is currently serving his third term in office.

"I am very honored to accept Governor Deal's appointment to the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, in representing Gordon County and assuring that Georgia's peace officers understand the seriousness and importance of their duties," said Sheriff Ralston.

Resaca residents voice opinions on sale of Ingle House

Residents of Resaca came to let their voices heard on the potential sale Ingle House Tuesday, Feb. 13, even though the regular meeting had to be cancelled due to illness. No decision was made and the Council stressed they were only getting input.

"It won't be sold anytime soon, if that's the way it goes," said Brandon Bowen, the city attorney.

Ricky Smith was the first to voice his concern about selling the property. "I love this community," he said. "Some people don't believe the government should fund (things like the Ingle House). I'm not one of those."

Historic preservation was one his concerns.

"It's a landmark," he said of the house that was built in late 1800s. Smith also said the property was still an "opportunity for success" and encouraged Resaca to promote it more. The Town bought the house for about $150,000 and invested as much into it. It was paid for with SPLOST funds and the Town does not owe anything on it. It recently appraised around $250,000, which means Resaca is about $50,000 in the red.

"It seems to me, at this point, it wouldn't be the time to sell it," Smith said. "It seems you should have user fees set up and promote it."

Resident Steve Wright said he didn't care if they sold the property or not, but agreed the council should look into recuperating the money spent. He also expressed concern about Resaca buying properties like the Ingle House.

"We just can't purchase every old house out there," he said.

The property was purchased after a bitter battle between the owner and the Town over right of way concerning the road that cuts through the property. At the time, the road was considered private property, even though in the past, residents could use it. The battle forced the home into foreclosure and the Town bought the property. If sold, Ingle Circle will remain town property.

The regular Resaca Town Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. The Town will continue to investigate whether the Ingle House should be sold and will take input from residents.

Nelson elected 2018 District Director of GMC/FOA

Sharon Nelson, City Clerk of Calhoun has been elected to serve as a District Director for the Georgia Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association (GMC/FOA) for 2018. Nelson has been a participating member of GMC/FOA for many years. She will represent District One, the Northwest area of the state.

With a membership of more than 375 city clerks and finance officers, the vision of the Georgia Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association is to promote integrity and excellence through education and professional development, to strengthen and support its Membership and to enhance its image.

SHS recognizes Potts

Teachers and staff of Sonoraville High School honored longtime principal Bruce Potts on Friday, Feb. 16 with a reception to mark his resignation from the school.

"You guys have rubbed off on me and made me a better person," Potts told those gathered. "And I am a forever grateful. Our paths will continue to intertwine with each other, I promise you that. No matter where the next steps take me, the roots are always going to take me back to here and what has happened in our work lives together. More than anything, work has become family for us, and for that I will be forever grateful."

After more than 13 years of service as the lead administrator at SHS, Potts resigned earlier this month from his position in a quest to further his career and find a superintendent position.