Richmond County Sheriff-Elect Richard Roundtree is making preparations for his swearing-in ceremony Thursday, after completing a 160-hour state course for new sheriffs last week.
Roundtree was among 43 newly elected sheriffs who went through the month-long training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga., according to a release from the Georgia Sheriff’s Association, which initiated the course in partnership with the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
The training has evolved from a voluntary, two-day seminar in 1960 into an intense, four-week curriculum required by law since 1976, when Georgia became the first state to mandate training for newly-elected sheriffs, the release said.
Roundtree’s swearing-in ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the John Ruffin Courthouse. A free reception luncheon will follow at Beulah Grove Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Both events will be open to the public, but seating is limited.
On Jan. 4, an Inaugural Charity Gala, celebrating the election of Richmond County’s first black sheriff will be held at the Legends Club on Washington Road. The black-tie event will raise money for several local charities. It will include dining, dancing, silent and live auctions, and a reaffirmation of the oath of office.
Tickets for the January gala can be purchased at Roundtreeforsheriff.com or by calling (706) 495-6874.