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December 15--  Two newly elected area sheriffs graduated Friday from the Georgia Sheriffs Elect Academy at Forsyth.  The training is conducted by the Georgia Sheriffs Association.

{mosimage}Incoming Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O'Connor accepts his graduation certificate from Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, President of the Georgia Sheriffs Association.

{mosimage}Sheriff-elect Maurice Johnson, Jr. of Wheeler County is the third member of his family to hold the office.  He is the grandson of the late James Maurice Johnson who served as the Wheeler County Sheriff for 32 years.  His great-grandfather was also a Wheeler County sheriff.

Both men will assume office in January.