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Roundtree named Richmond County schools Officer of the Year

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 8:52 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 2:50 AM
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The Richmond County School Safety and Security Depart­ment named Lt. Richard Round­tree the 2011 Officer of the Year, Chief Patrick Clayton announced Tuesday.

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Lt. Richard Roundtree plans to run for sheriff of Richmond County.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/File
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Lt. Richard Roundtree plans to run for sheriff of Richmond County.

The annual recognition goes to an officer who does outstanding work in improving the safety of the district’s schools, Clayton said.

Roundtree was credited for solving an arson at Glenn Hills High School, cases involving $60,000 worth of copper thefts and expanding the gang task force.

“He’s very deserving of it,” Clayton said. “He’s done an outstanding job for me and every job I gave him, he’s gone above and beyond to do.”

Roundtree was given the award at the Richmond County Board of Education meeting Tuesday. He received a plaque, a letter from the superintendent and an off-duty gun donated by United Loan and Firearm.

Clayton said the Officer of the Year is chosen from candidates nominated as officers of the month throughout the year. Safety department members vote on a year-end winner, and the votes are counted confidentially by Clayton and his captain.

Roundtree revealed his intention to run for Richmond County sheriff earlier this month after spending three years as a school safety officer and 16 years before that with the Richmond Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office.

Despite the award, he said he sees his new title of Officer of the Year as more of a “testament to my work than a stepping stone.”

Roundtree said he focused last year on reducing violence in the school system, which is dependent on the safety of the neighborhoods where the students live.

He said he wants to continue a relationship between the school system, the community and the sheriff’s office in the future.

“That’s one of the biggest things I’m going to do is continue that partnership,” he said.

IN OTHER BUSINESS

The Richmond County Board of Education took the following actions during its meeting Tuesday:

• Approved a revised schedule for 2012 high school graduations. The ceremonies will be held Sunday, May 20, and Monday, May 21, at James Brown Arena. They were originally scheduled for May 21 and 22, but a conflict with a Lady Antebellum concert prompted the change.

• Voted to invest $15 million with Regions Bank for 180 days at a 0.2 percent interest rate, which equates to $15,616 in earnings. The rate is twice what the board is currently earning from its checking account, according to a memo given to board members.

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madgerman
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madgerman 01/17/12 - 10:49 pm
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Wow RCBOE for the investment
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Wow RCBOE for the investment managers of the year. I gather they are getting a whopping .1 percent for all their checking balances. If I am not mistaken that is about i/4th of what I get from the CU for my paltry sums. But, what the heck, its only tax money and we don't care about a percent one way or the other as long as our guy or our race wins the election.

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double_standard 01/17/12 - 11:01 pm
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Madgerman I guess Round tree

Madgerman I guess Round tree ain't your guy.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/17/12 - 11:10 pm
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Roundtree knows where the

Roundtree knows where the bodies are buried with the things he has gotten away with. "Grateful Mother" and all.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/17/12 - 11:11 pm
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This has to be the only

This has to be the only person made anything of the year who has had negative AC editorials written about him.

augustarookie
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augustarookie 01/17/12 - 11:47 pm
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Big joke. He is not a person

Big joke. He is not a person we need for Sheriff. Proven rule breaker. If elected, that should help continue the mass exodus from Richmond County.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/18/12 - 01:52 am
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Speaking of the $300K arson

Speaking of the $300K arson fire at Glenn Hills High School late last Spring, has the final report by the arson investigator been made public? If so, how is it available? If not, why not?

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/18/12 - 03:54 am
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If you have someone working

If you have someone working for you that you would prefer to get rid of but are unable to because it was part of the deal when you were hired as the agency Chief to begin with then this is one way to accomplish the goal. Prop him up for another job/agency in hopes he will no longer be your problem and if he wins, you win and if he loses, nothing really changes anyway.

As for actually winning officer of the year, if you know just a few of the officers with the RCBOE and speak with them about who they voted for you will easily determine what a joke this is and why the votes were "counted" by 2 people.

Maybe driving his BOE car 24/7 while doing anything/everything makes him officer of the year.

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CABoatright 01/18/12 - 08:12 am
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He can get all the "awards"
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He can get all the "awards" available....that doesn't erase the poor job he did at RCSD in the past.

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happychimer 01/18/12 - 11:24 am
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Richard Roundtree is going to

Richard Roundtree is going to be a good sheriff.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/18/12 - 08:13 pm
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Riverman, apparently this is

Riverman, apparently this is one we can agree on...

happychimer
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happychimer 01/18/12 - 10:28 pm
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Roundtree for Sheriff!

Roundtree for Sheriff!

Gob
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Gob 01/19/12 - 07:46 pm
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GOOD SHERIFF my Arse. IMHO

GOOD SHERIFF my Arse. IMHO he did not give a darn about RCSS. When he was a supervisor at RCSO before his demotion, he did not want to be bothered by RCSS. All the sudden he wants to run for Sheriff and when he finds that his status at RCSO is questionable, he politicized his way into a supervisor position, over more qualified officers at RCSS, with the support of Bedden and Clayton with back door dealings.
Plus he did not the solve the things reported he solved. He took credit from the officers that did. WHY IN THE wORLD!!! would a supervisor-(third in charge-some may say second in charge ;-() get that award when good officers deserve it much more! More back door dealings to give him IMHO beefed up creditionals to run for Sheriff. WHAT A JOKE!!!

happychimer
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happychimer 01/19/12 - 08:27 pm
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Gob he is going to make a

Gob he is going to make a very good sheriff. Just you wait and see. Ya hear now?

Gob
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Gob 01/20/12 - 11:40 am
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http://publicindex.sccourts.o

http://publicindex.sccourts.org/darlington/publicindex/PICaseDetails.asp...

Was this Sheriff wannabe doing 95 in 70 on the way to FBI Academy?

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