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Sheriff’s Office reviews 2020 accomplishments
Special to the News
Sheriff Michael Howell is pleased to share the numerous accomplishments the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office has obtained through 2020.
Howell said, “We have had a lot of success this year due to employees working hard to make sure the Sheriff’s Office runs efficiently. I am proud of my team and the hard work they put in to our county on a daily basis.”
The following are some of the many accomplishments the Sheriff’s Office has had during 2020.
- Implemented Rave911 in order to alert residents of severe weather, as well as keeping the public aware of any county emergencies.
- Acquired two vehicles from Alexander City Police Department and only spent $2,000 total (2012 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2010 Ford Crown Victoria).
- February 13, 2020, received Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for $23,967.71. This grant equipped our deputies with 13 Brother Pocket Jet Printers, 13 Laptop Mounts, 13 HP Probook laptops, Dell server, expandable storage, and 12 hard drives to go in expandable server.
- March 12, 2020, apprehended Department of Corrections inmate Terry Searcy, who escaped from Alex City Work Release. He was on the run for three months.
- April 2, 2020, conducted K-9 search in searching for Donna Brown. The Sheriff’s Office located human remains that were later confirmed to be Donna Brown. Donna Brown was reported missing on July 5, 2018.
- April 5, 2020, responded to first murder of the year, located on Coosa County Road 85. Arrested Kevin Bell from Valley for the murder. The Sheriff’s Office closed the murder case within 48 hours.
- May 12, 2020, had approval from County Commission to purchase four new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office.
- May 17, 2020, responded to second murder of the year, located on Coosa County Road 86. Arrested Helene Stowes Johnson for the murder. The Sheriff’s Office closed the murder case within 48 hours.
- From March until December 2020 improved ways to handle COVID-19 pandemic. The Coosa County Sheriff’s Office is one of the only jails to keep COVID-19 out of the county jail.
- June 2020 sold the most gun permits in history of the Sheriff’s Office. Sold 212 permits.
- July 7, 2020, Dataworks Fingerprint machine was upgraded to enhance processing of inmates into the Coosa County Jail.
- August 3, 2020, had the distinct honor in welcoming home 3-year-old John Lucas (cancer survivor).
- August 4, 2020, held Church Security Class at Estelle Church.
- August 12, 2020, solved 21-year-old cold case murders of Jodie Stallion and Bobbie Ingram. Arrested Joe Danial Stallion in reference to the murders.
- August 18, 2020, held Mandatory Reporting Training at Coosa Central High School (Sheriff Howell, Department of Human Resources).
- Added new office space for the Sheriff’s Office.
- Constructed new lobby for Sheriff’s Office.
- Installed new Keycard Entry points for Sheriff’s Office to ensure safety of facility.
- Installed new IP based camera system to help monitor inmates more effectively.
- September 13, 2020, located human remains off of Highway 259 in Ray community. Later identified as Bradley Sanford who was reported missing from Alexander City.
- October 19, 2020, awarded 2020 Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) solicitation grant that helped equip our deputies with new bulletproof vests.
- First place in Rockford and Alexander City Christmas parades
- Raised $2,000 for COACH
- Hosted three training courses at the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office for surrounding counties.
- Increased Investigative Division by two personnel
- Restocked jail with new mattresses
- Installed and managed Inmate Phone System. This new phone system allows inmate visitation and improves security for the Coosa County Jail.
- Installed new RMS server.
- Installation of new Draeger Machine
- Defeated Latoni Daniel civil suit against the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office
- Received Hazardous Duty incentive for all employees because of COVID-19.
- Initiated Zoom hearings for court system.
- New Bodycam System installed with on-site storage server
- Initiated SWAT team and sent one deputy to become SWAT certified, which was the first ever SWAT team and certification in the history of the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office.
- Sheriff Michael Howell was able to save the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office budget more than $140,000 during 2020.
Sheriff Howell stated, “This has been an exciting year with many great accomplishments for the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office, and we look forward to another successful year in 2021.”
As Howell always says, “If ever there is anything my office or I can do for you, please do not hesitate to give me a call. I’ll help you anyway I can.”