A candidate for Richmond County sheriff said Wednesday that he was appreciative of the support of several area black police officers, even if they weren’t able to endorse him through their professional organization.
The group was asked Tuesday to retract a formal endorsement made a day earlier of sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles by the national headquarters of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers. Interim Executive Director Joseph Akers said that the men weren’t recognized as members and that the group’s chapters were prohibited from making such endorsements.
Two of the men, Chief Alfonzo Williams and Sgt. David Hannah, of the Waynesboro Police Department, sent a letter of apology to Peebles that said they still intended to endorse him as individual police officers. Williams explained Tuesday that the men were active members of the Georgia chapter but were unaware of the prohibition against endorsements. They were working to gain membership status with the national organization.
Peebles said he felt bad that the situation had caused controversy for the local chapter.
“I appreciate these law enforcement executives showing courage and conviction in standing on their (principles) and endorsing me for sheriff,” Peebles said in a statement.