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Page 2A December 26, 2018 il orter m| fo~,th@mymcmet About 200 friends and family members of Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman attended a public swearing-in for the newly elected sheriffat the Monroe County Court- house on Thursday. Monroe County Superior Court Judge Tommy Wilson, who administered the oath to Freeman in a smallim- promptu ceremony on Dec. 7, swore Freeman into office a second time on Thursday in front of almost the entre Monroe County Sheriff's Office staf As he took the oath, Freeman, 54, was ac- companied at the front of the courtroom by wife Janet, daughter Morgan and twin sons Wes and Will. After being sworn-in and receiving a standing ovation, Freeman told attendees: "I just want to thank everybody for coming. It means a lot to me that this many people showed up. rm sure y'all had a lot more important things to do today but maybe due to the rain y'all had to do some- thing today. But I do appreci- ate you coming, and I will do my best not to let you dowrL I promise. Thank y'alL" Prior to the offidal swear- ing-in, W'dson and several of Freernan~ long-time friends, Chief deputy Michael Hull, Forsyth fire chief David Herndon and Monroe County Magistrate Judge Buck Wilder, said a few words about the new sheriffin a 20-minute ceremony Wilson dubbed "a roasff Wdson said he's learned a lot about law enforcement from Freeman, joking that although the new sheriff, long known for pulling over speeders, might never have actually given his mother a ticket, but "I'm pretty sure he gave his sister one." Hull, who was appointed chief deputy upon Free- man~ hiring, said he's worked alongside Freeman for more than 20 years. Hull said Free- maKs outstanding work ethic was reflected in the quality of his performance as a deputy and in the success ofhis dection campaigrL He also lauded Freeman~ hone~, loyalty and excellent leader- ship qualities. "The entire time we've been at the sheriff's office, he's been looked up to by all the deputie.s~' Hull said of Freeman. '~knd this is even before he had a rank at the Monday - Lunch & Dinner NOW includes our NEW TACO BAR Wednesday - New Burger Bar and Wednesday Night Breakfast Bar Thursday Night - BBQ Friday & Saturday Night - Seafood Bar Sunday Favorites - Breakfast All Day! Lunch & Dinner includes Turkey & Dressing & All the Fbdngs! Steak & Meatloaf. Fried Chicken Everyday! 11am - til closing New Monroe County sheriff Brad Freeman, accompanied by wife Janet (right) and their three children, takes the oath of office for a second time on Thursday before a crowd of about 200. (Photo/Richard Dumas) sheriff's office, everybody would say; 'Go run it by Brad. Go see what Brad thinks~ And he was always lling to help out and give advice, and it was always good advice for everybody7 Hull conduded: "I think that Brad is a great husband, father and friend, and I think the dtizens of Monroe County are gonna be proud to call him SheriffFreeman? Hemdon, who worked alongside the new sheriff when they were each fire- f ters in the early 19S0s, joked that he knew of least one instance when Freeman ac~aally tried to get someone out of a ticket. Hemdon said he and Freeman were riding together one time in his vehide when they were pulled over by a Georgia state trooper. Hemdon said the trooper told him his car, which his sister had driven while the now fire chiefwas in the U.S. Nav~ was flagged by authorities for duding and obstruction. Herndon said after he received a ticket Free- man called another friend, his future boss Dep. Chip Dunn, to tryto have the ticket waive& but he was un- successful. He said Freeman commenced what Hemdon called'qais first investigation" and leamed Hemdo~ sister had been pulled over in his car and fled the scene. "We can dispel all those mmo~' Hemdon said. '~Brad has tried to get somebody out of a ticket It just never worked~' Hemdon said Freeman was smart enough to have done anything in life but said his fi'iend felt a calling to go into law enforcement. "Brad is a rfian of character',' Herndon said. "All of those things that chief deputy Hull just said I saw years ago. It was truly a unique experience because to be with someone of his caliber that has the integrity he has, it helped me grow." Wilder said Freeman jo'med the sheriff's office shortly after he was dected to his first term as Monroe County Magis- trate Judge He said Freeman was always an outstanding trial wimess because he was so knowledgeable about all aspects ofhw enforcement. 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