Scandrett, the first African-American sheriff in Henry County’s history, spoke to Channel 2’s Tom Jones on Friday to address a number of concerns.
HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett says he has received death threats since becoming county sheriff in 2020.
Scandrett, the first African-American sheriff in Henry County’s history, spoke with Channel 2’s Tom Jones Friday to address a number of concerns expressed by former sheriff candidate Jim Cox on social media about the state of the department.
Cox wrote of a mass exodus from the sheriff’s office and expressed disapproval of Scandrett’s spending habits and leadership since becoming sheriff.
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Scandrett says people left because they said they disagreed with his vision and high standards for the prison.
“We’ve had people say, quite frankly, we’ll never work for an African-American sheriff,” Scandrett said.
The sheriff said they were replaced.
Scandrett says it takes about 30 people per shift to run the prison, and they can currently only handle 25 people.
Speaking to Jones, Scandrett refuted allegations of overspending on sheriff’s amenities such as a brand new shower with a Bluetooth speaker and a tricked out truck.
Scandrett provided Channel 2 with documents describing his expenses.
Upon arrival, Scandrett said he found the prison in a horrible state and decided to give it a facelift when he arrived in 2020.
Scandrett said he is focused on bringing the sheriff’s office up to standard and rejecting the false narratives he says people like to spread.
“We’re not going to accept that,” Scandrett said. “We are not going to chase these stories. We run towards the level of excellence.
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