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Page 6A October 1Z 2018 R orter IN LOVING Carl Franklin Travillian Jr. November 28, 1956 - October 9, 2018 Forsyth - On Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 Carl Franklin Travillian Jr. passed away at the age of 61. Carl was born on Nov. 28, 1956 in Lawton, Okla. to Carl Franklin "Frank" Travillian Sr. and Dorothy Travillian of Dalton. He graduated from Dalton High School and was a graduate of Brenau University where he received his degree in criminal justice. Carl went on to work for University Police at the University of Geor- gia and was a parole officer before becoming Georgia's Firearm Instructor for the Georgia Department of Pardons and Paroles in Forsyth where he retired. Carl was incredibly active in the community. He was a member of the Dalton Lodge #105 and served two terms as President of Kiwanis in Forsyth. Carl was a Methodist in his faith and spent his life in service to others. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Franklin "Frank" Travillian Sr. Carl is survived by his mother Dorothy Travillian of Dalton, his wife Gaff Travillian of Forsyth, and sister Pam Travillian of Dalton. He is also survived by his children, Carla and Preston Munsey (Bethany), Elizabeth and Glenn Atkinson (Glenn Carl and Melanee), and Matthew and Kathryn Travillian (Joseph), and his step children Sherry Neal and Dan Wright (Latha and Neal Thomas), Emily and Nick Duke (Helen and Caroline), and Ashley and Dominick Simeone (Dominick and Penny). Other than loving his grandchildren, Carl was an avid collector of hats, matches, and rocks from across the world. He loved watching the Dawgs play on Saturdays and was talented at woodworking. He was also an ad- vocate to man's best friend and could always be found bving on his dogs. Carl had the unique ability to make everyone in the room laugh, no matter how tough the Situation. To know Carl was to love Carl and he will be greatly missed. i Services were held on Saturda) Oct. 13 at Monroe County Memorial Chapel in Forsyth. i In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations made to Save A Pet. ! Please visit 4o express tributes. i Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements: Sara Ann Chapman August 24, 1942 - October 11, 2018 Forsyth - Sara Ann McWhorter Chapman passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Funeral services were eld Monda); Oct. 15,2018 at Monroe County Me- flal Chapel. Burial followed at Fairview Memorial ai'dens, 164 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281. Rev. Debbie Lefevers officiated. : Mrs. Chapman, the daughter of the late William A1- ienMcWhorter and Sam Janet Smith McWhorter, was born Aug. 24, 1942, in West Point, Ga. Her son, Gary Robert Chapman, preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of Christ United Methodist Church Women's Club. Survivors indude her husband, Pat Chapman of F0rsyth; son and daughter-in-law, Gregg and Melissa hapman of Danville, Indiana; grandchildren, Amber J.udd and Jacob Chapman; great grandchildren, Samuel, William, Jeremiah and Timothy Judd. fin lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Christ United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 162, Forsyth, Ga 31029. please visit to express tributes. "l onroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. Clara Lee Chandler Smith September 19, 1946 - October 5, 2018 Forsyth - Clara Lee Chandler Smith passed away Friday, Oct, 5, 2018. Services will be held Sat Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at New Providence Baptist Church. The family will receive friends after the service at 2874 Montpelier Rd Forsyth. Clara, the daughter of the late Alan Lewis Chandler and Ruth Magdaline KeUye Chandler, was born Sept. 19, 1946, in Talladega, Ala. Her husband, Emmett Smith and her son, Emmett Eugene Smith, Sr. pre- ceded her in death. She was previously employed with Carter's. Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Lisa Smith; grandchildren, Emmett Smith, Austin Smith, Dustin Davidson and Jacob Davidson; sisters, Ann Ivey and Sally Ghent; and two great grandchildren. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. I Serving Middle Georgia for Over 100 Years ,~. =~ Designers & Manufactures of ~i ~""~~'-"-~ ~ Marble, Granite & Bronze 4~ [~[ [ ]~ Memorials since 1908 George & ~ll SULLIVAN I~'" Janice Moore Authorized Georgia ". ll I ida's.- TOLL FREE 1-800-377-9341 1-770-3:8-1470 L Railroad & Main St, Barnesville, GA Continued from Front Monroe County and hter with the Macon Police Department (MPD), and in mil/ where he served with the U.S. Army National Guard 48th Brigade. Michad BRtick said while leading the MPD training divi- sion he trained at least 40 new officers annually and said he has experience restructuring divisions. Lawson Bittidq the son of longtime sheriffJohn Cary Bittick, noted he was a lifdong Monroe County resident whose family members have been leaders in local hw en- forcement for decades. Lawson Bittick began his career straight out of high school, working his way up the ranks to lieuten- ant over the support services division. Lawson Bittick said he plans to live in Monroe County for the rest of his life. Candidate questions, asked by Davis as well as members of the public, touched on a number of topics induding: management experience, who would be their chiefdepu handling of women deputies, physical fitness for deputies, open records, whether there is a need for rural substations, howto increase revenue, political preference, the effec- tiveness and method of code enforcement, the image of the sheriff's office with youth, how to solve homelessness, how to cultivate better relationships with state agencies, how to en- hance the department's social media presence, whether to create a reserve unit ofpart- time deputies and why the candidates decided to run. All five candidates touted their management experience. Lawson Bittick said he has been around successful leaders his whole life and noted his completion of the FBI's Lead- ership Development Program. Michad Bittick said he both hired and fired officers as part ofthe MPD's training division and said he helped to lock up six Macon-Bibb deputies in his first year working intemal af- fairs. Copelan said the sheriff's office needs to operate like two years while working for Navicent. Freeman said excel- lent performance on fitness tests could tie into a merit increase and said he wants to put in place rewards to moti- vate deputies to stay in shape. Penamon said he agreed that physical fitness is very impor- tant. Lawson Bitfick said Mon- roe County set up wellness initiatives for county workers less than two years ago, and he hopes that's pushing fitness in the right direction. All five candidates said they support ke 'mg the media and public informed. Lawson Bittick touted his recent tenure as MCSO public information officer and said he provided all available public records. He said his preference is to withhold internal and criminal investigation information until the investigation is complete at which point he will provide all public records. Michael Bittick said false information can spread quickly in a small town so it's better to get accurate information to the public as rapidly as possible. Copelan said most records are available through open records requests and said he agreed with Law- son Bittick that some investiga- tions have to run their course before they can become public. Freeman said some things can't be rdeased but joked that whatever can legally be made public is good for helping Davis sell Reporters. Penamon then said with a laugh that Freeman took his answer. The candidates differed on whether to establish rural pre- cincts throughout the count. Freeman said response times can be improved with technology Freeman said MCSO is trying to rect@ having too few patrol depu- ties by allowing deputies to file reports directly from vehides instead of spending additional time driving hack to the office to type reports. He also dted the need for a more robust drug unit, joking that one deputy has been on the unit long enough that he might have invented narcotics. Penamon said MCSO has a manpower shortage but dted the need to do a more efficient using seized funds. Bittick said he also thinks having so many patrol cars is good for visibility and said it encourages deputies to help dtizens even ffthey're not on the dock. Several candidates dedined to answer when asked their political party preference and political hero. Penamon replied to hughs that Superman was his hero. Freeman said he is a conserva- tive who considers Ronald Reagan his political hem. He also answered that he voted for Donald Trump. Copelan said the only hem he's ever had is his father and said he believes sheriff's races should be non- partisan. Michad Bittick said he's a Christian conservative who considers Dwight Eisen- hower his political hem. He also noted his membership in the Monroe County GOP and said, ffdected, he would run for re-dection as a Republican in 2020. Lawson Bittick said, like Copelan, that his father is his hero. He too said he thinks the sheriff's race should be non-partisan but said he is a conservative Republican. He stated he voted for libertar- ian Gary Johnson in the 2016 election. The candidates hdd differing opinions on how they would handle code enforcement. Lawson Bittick said he expects the county's code enforcement officer (currently Dep. JeffWdson) to investigate complaints like an investigator would a crime, us'rag local and state laws to draw condusions. Michael Bittick said he thinks there should be at least three deputies working on code enforcement, saying the issue, particularly in High Falls, is too big for one officer. Copelan said he thinks all deputies should be allowed to enforce county codes. Freeman agreed with Michad Bittick that there needs to be more than one person handling code enforce- ment but disagreed with Co- pelan that all deputies need to be involved in it. Freeman said dtizens don't need deputies measuring their grass and said code enforcement should only act on complaints. Penamon agreed with Freeman that all County doesn't need to create new programs. Lawson Bittick said he recently encountered a man living with his child in a tent on Indian Springs Drive. He said MCSO had to take action to make the family leave private property but said he would evaluate ways to meet the needs of the homeless. All five candidates agreed on the need for good working re- lationships with state agendes. Lawson Bittick dted his four years working for the Georgia Delyartment of Public Safety. Freeman said he wants to team up more with the Georgia Bu- reau of Investigation (GBI) on drug investigations. Penamon said he used to know state mo- tor carders by name and wants to get back to that. All five candidates agreed on .the importance oftechnolog espedally social media, to bet- ter inform dtizens. Lawson Bittick said while he was in charge of MCSO'S Facebook page, its followers grew from 800 to more than 10,000. He said information attained through sodal media has hdped solve crimes and said MCSO is working to ex- pand its online crime mapping capabilities. Michad Bittick agreed that MCSO can use social media and said he wants to revita]ize a ne'tghborhood watch program. Copelan said MCSO already has social me- dia in phce and needs to teach dfizens how to use it. He also said he's not in favor of an Am- ber Alert-type text messaging system to alert citizens of dan- ger because it could backfire and hurt somebody ffdtizens try to intervene themselves. Freeman said he supports creating an application for Smartphones so dtizens can see what past crimes or break- ing news is happening in their areas. Penamon said MCSO crime rn 'mg is already available on the department's website but said some bugs still need to be resolved. All five candidates agreed they would be willing to consider reserve deputy units ofpart-firne employees. Michael Bittick noted Houston County already has a similar program while Lawson a bus'mess and stop wasteful job with the deputies currently deputies shouldfft be involved Bittick said it would be critical spending. Freeman said he available. Michael Bittick said in code enforcement, that the reserve deputies are worked his way up through he's willing to restructure The candidates were asked hdd to the same requirements the ranks at MCSO, gradu- departments ifneeded to cover what they would do to make as full-time deputies, i ated from Mercer University the county He said hdsdeputies role models for young Late in the debate, candi' and continued law enforce- particularly eyeing changes in males in Monroe County. dates were asked why they ran ment schoolin including MCSO's drug unit, noting the Penamon said he believes for sherifl completing an Federal Bureau nationwide increase in opioid stronglyin deputies staying Penamon said early in his of Investigation (FBI) certi- fied management program at Quantico. Penamon, who touted his criminal justice degree and graduation from a professional management pro- gram at Columbus State, said he has supervisory experience at MCSO. Four of the five candidates declined to name their pick for chief deputy, saying such a choice is premature. However, one of those four, Michael Bittick, said he would appoint a chief deputy from within the current MGSO department despite coming from Macon- Bibb. The lone candidate who did make his choice known was Lawson Bittick~ who said he has already asked interim sheriff A1 Shackelford to stay on as chief deputy. Lawson Bittick said Shackelford has 40 years of law enforcement ex- perience and has already ably found ways to save money. All five candidates said they would be willing to hire women deputies, even to upper departmental positions. Copelan said he doesn't care about gender or race, only who is most qualified. Michael Bittick said he's worked under many women before. Lawson Bittick said as long as they meet the requirements, he would hire them. He said there are few women in the current MCSO only because law enforcement has never been as popular with women as men. Penamon said MCSO already has qualified women who could manage or supervise. Freeman said he once had a female deputy pull a suspect off of him during a fight and agreed that MCSO has plenty of qualified women. All five candidates said they would consider making regular physical fitness tests a requirement to work patrol Michael Bittick said MPD had fitness tests that weren't especially rigorous. Copelan said he takes a fitness test every and heroin abuse. Copelan said MCSO substations were created during his tenure at the department but pointed out they were never used. Copelan estimated that response time could be cut in halfif deputies were stationed throughout the day at rural substations while also saying he would increase the number of patrol deputies on shift from four to Lawson Bittick disagreed, saying substations would be more important once the county's population swells. He said in the meantime, visibility is critical and said technology advances are more important than rural precincts. The candidates differed slightly in ways to create more revenue for the MCSO. Penamon said overtime pay is the major problem with the MCSO budget, saying overtime hours are made necessary by the department's manpower shortage. Freeman said a solution to MCSC s finandal woes would be to retain good employees by increasing pay. He said MCSO deputies are among the lowest paid in the area and suggested a merit-based system for raises to reward deputies for seeking out additional training. Co- pelan said he would eliminate spending on departmental vehides, saying there are way too many in use curren@. He noted that part-time bailiffs even have take-home vehicles. Michad Bit-tick, who touted his relationship with commis- sioners and standing on the chamber board, said he will listen to fresh ideas on how to save money. He said just be- cause MCSO has always done it one way doesn't mean it's n .essarily the best approach. Lawson Bittick said hiring more full-time employees also means an increase in health benefits. He said Shackelford has already made budget adjustments, noting MCSO recently bought three K-9 dogs engaged with children. He said he doesn't want kids to think of deputies as bad guys and cited the importance of an ex- plorer program for high school students considering a career in law enforcement, Free- man said MCSO already has childrel@ programs in place, noting Dep. Ken Blandenburg leads a young male leader- ship program at the middle school He also noted the MCSO CHAMPS program that teaches about the dangers of drugs and gangs, and the popular MCSO summer and teen driving camps. Copdan agreed that MCSO already has youth programs in place and said kids being respectful of law enforcement often starts in the home. Michad Bittick said he recently sponsored a night at New Providence Church and said it's particu- larly important for deputies to reach young men because so many jail inmates are repeat offenders. Lawson Bittick cred- ited deputies like Blandenburg, Dep. Antwain Jones and Inv. Chris Landers with establish- ing youth-centric programs that counter the mentality of some teens that deputies only exist to lock them up. The candidates were asked howto eradicate the grow- hag issue ofhomelessness in Monroe County. Penamon said he would look at ways MCSO could help homeless persons living in the coun Freeman said important not to look down on dtizens' living conditions, saying some persons cart afford anything more than a trailer. Copehn said the county should crack down on slumlords who don't take care oftheh: property. He also said he's learned working in B'gab County that sometimes more programs to help the homeless only attracts more homeless. Michael Bittick said Macon- Bibb already has resources in place and said Monroe career he didn't want to be a supervisor, but said as he's grown older he wants to do as much as he can for Monroe County's dtizens. Freeman said he wants to make MCSO greater than it already is. Copelan said he saw potential for improvement during his eight-year stint at MCSO and said he won't show favoritism to certain dtizens. Michael Bittick said with Monroe County consistently growir MCSO needs someone who has experience managing a larger department, Lawson Bittick said he's spent time with various sheriffs throughout his life and said the most effective ones are the ones who keep their ears to the community. He said fairness is critical in being an effective leader. As candidates conduded, Lawson Bittick said he wanted to thank the public for al- lowing his family to lead the sheriff's office for nearly 80 years. Michael Bittick touted his management experience and fresh ideas from working in a bigger department, pelan said it's time for a change from the same family that's run MCSO for decades and said he's willing to make necessary changes in restructuring and budgeting to keep up with the times. Freeman said he has the education levd, experience and heart to be an effective sheriff. Penamon said he too has the needed experience and said he will listen to dtizens' ideas and concems. As the debate got under way, dozens ofpeople had to be turned away at the door so the overflow crowd didn't violate the fire code. Weeks before- hand, organizers had discussed moving the debate to the county's conference center to accommodate the big crowds. But commission chairman Greg Tapley had refused to waive the rental fee for the Reporter to use the facilit3a.