Keep Jim Hammond As Sheriff

Thursday, May 01, 2014

I am writing this letter in support of Sheriff Jim Hammond. Over the past 6 years, Jim Hammond has been much more than my boss; he has been a friend and someone that I have depended on for advice and support.

He has worked tirelessly advancing the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to be recognized as a top leading law enforcement agency. With the combined efforts of the hard working men and women of the sheriff’s office, we are continually making major strides toward that goal. 

Sheriff Hammond has aggressively strived to advance in improving technology and equipment in order for the deputies to perform more safely and efficiently. The Neighborhood watch program has grown from a dozen or so to over 200 and still growing. This program has proven to be very effective in both preventing and solving crime in our neighborhoods. The list of accomplishments goes on and there is much more that needs to be done.

In these times, there are many things that are tearing away the very foundation our families and communities were built on. We need to keep strong ethical, spiritual and moral leadership in public office. These leaders need our continued support and prayers.  Jim Hammond is one of those leaders.

God has blessed me with a wonderful family and a great career in public service. I am asking for the opportunity to remain as the Chief Deputy under Sheriff Jim Hammond and can only accomplish that with your support to re-elect Jim Hammond for Sheriff of Hamilton County on Tuesday, May 6.  

Allen Branum


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