Roundtree wins sheriff's race

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 9:56 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 2:46 AM

Richard Roundtree made history Tuesday – becoming Richmond County’s first black sheriff in the office’s 230 years.

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Richmond County Sheriff-elect Richard Roundtree gets a hug from Randi Ebron-Frails, 5, the daughter of his campaign adviser, Randolph Frails, at the Legends Club.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Richmond County Sheriff-elect Richard Roundtree gets a hug from Randi Ebron-Frails, 5, the daughter of his campaign adviser, Randolph Frails, at the Legends Club.

Roundtree defeated his Republican opponent, Freddie Sanders, 49,389 to 28,395, garnering more than 63 percent of votes cast.

Roundtree said the win was more than a political victory – it was a mandate from the people that it was time for change.

“As I accept the fact that I am the sheriff-elect of Richmond County, I offer this office back to all of you, because this office is the office of the people,” he said to the jubilant crowd of supporters gathered at the Legends Club on Washington Road. “I’m going to need your prayers and support because I cannot, I shall not and I will not be able to do this by myself. I will need the help of all of you.”

Sanders conceded the race and thanked his family and friends and called on them to support Roundtree. Sanders then traveled from his headquarters in south Augusta to congratulate the sheriff-elect.

“When the race is over, my sword is going to be sheathed,” he said. “I’ll do anything in the world to help him be the next sheriff.”

Sanders said he had hoped for a different result but had no hard feelings against his opponent and wished Roundtree well. He said he would return to working at his law practice.

“This is a good thing that happened here,” Sanders said. “He ran a good race.”

Roundtree said the victory was the result of a plan that began to form more than six years ago when he was a sergeant investigating violent crimes with the sheriff’s office. That’s when he said he saw the correlation between education and the rate of violent crime in Augusta.

“We have been confident for the last few weeks,” he said. “That is because of the work we put in. We didn’t take a day off.”

Roundtree said he will have to move quickly to put together a transition team. He will have to report to a four-week sheriff training course in Forsyth, Ga., on Sunday night. He said he will have only 21 days in Augusta before he has to take office.

As sheriff, he hopes to work with youth programs to keep young men out of trouble and to help young offenders get back on the straight and narrow.

It was a message he talked about throughout his campaign, and it resonated with some voters, such as Arthur Crenshaw.

Crenshaw said he voted for Roundtree because he thinks the sheriff’s office needs change and young people need a role model.

“We need someone who knows what goes on in these neighborhoods, who can identify with parts of the county with high crime rates,” Crenshaw said.

Roundtree, a native of Augusta and a graduate of T.W. Josey High School, said he was able to avoid many of the pitfalls facing black youths when he got a football scholarship to South Carolina State University, where he studied electromechanical engineering.

As a sophomore, he had “an epiphany” – he wanted to be a crime fighter. Roundtree joined the Augusta Police Department in 1993 after working as a part-time security guard at Regency Mall and became a sheriff’s deputy after city-county consolidation in 1996. He worked his way from road patrol to property crimes investigations and then violent crimes. While working as a homicide investigator, he earned a master of education degree from Troy University and attended the FBI Academy in 2009. But he was demoted after an episode in which investigative files were discovered in a former residence.

Not long after, Roundtree was hired by the Richmond County Board of Education as a lieutenant in charge of operations for the schools’ Public Safety Department.

After realizing the win Tuesday night, an emotional Roundtree acknowledged it was a historic moment in Richmond County.

“Everyone in this room everyone within the sound of my voice can say, ‘I was there when things changed in Augusta,’  ” he said.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/07/12 - 09:13 pm
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From the article

"That’s when he said he saw the correlation between education and the rate of violent crime in Augusta."

Well hell Captain Obvious, I've know that for 40 years and just assumed everyone else did too. Just how do you propose the sheriff do anything about education? Isn't that in someone else's purview?

RaceAlwaysMatters
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RaceAlwaysMatters 11/07/12 - 09:23 pm
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Congratulations Richard

Happy for your election. Look forward to working with you.

burninater
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burninater 11/07/12 - 09:49 pm
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seabeau said: New Sheriff in

seabeau said:

New Sheriff in town.
Augusta has just cut its own throat! This election result is sure to continue white flight(Taxes) from the city and Augusta will become another failed Democratic cotrolled city!
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I never got the memo that only white people have steady jobs and pay taxes. Could you forward that to me? I feel completely out of the loop on facts like these. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that all this time I thought people of all races make positive contributions to our communities. I sure am glad that there are some wise individuals out there who can set us all straight. It makes it so much easier now -- if I want to know if someone is contributing to the tax base, I can just look at their skin! Thanks seabeau for this powerful insight.

burninater
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burninater 11/07/12 - 09:57 pm
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Time to go buy more guns and

Time to go buy more guns and ammo
because law enforcement Roundtree-style is going to mean a lot more DIY protection.

God help our deputies with this clueless bleeding-heart at the helm.
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Seriously. Why would anyone want to change law enforcement tactics now, when Augusta is such a crime-free oasis?

Next thing we know there are going to be home invasions, and armed robberies, and murders! Fare-thee-well Mayberry, our little town where spitting on the sidewalk is the year's biggest crime is no more.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/07/12 - 10:35 pm
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Guess Oburninator hasn't noticed

but the level of crime, predictable, is showing its normal inverse relationship with the community's economic situation. Things haven't been good or particularly safe for a long time, but perhaps you've noticed something of an acceleration?

The next four years, well I dread them. The need for effective, intelligent law enforcement is going to become more pressing than ever as Obama and the Senate conspire to crash our economy completely. Yet here we are with what our ever-so-insightful and color-blind voters have chosen.

More guns, more ammo.

burninater
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burninater 11/07/12 - 11:15 pm
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Guess Oburninator hasn't

Guess Oburninator hasn't noticed
but the level of crime, predictable, is showing its normal inverse relationship with the community's economic situation. Things haven't been good or particularly safe for a long time, but perhaps you've noticed something of an acceleration?
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As a matter of fact Fiat, I haven't noticed this supposed acceleration. You want to know why? I'll tell you. I am interested in that which actually exists, not that which I think exists. You can engage in this interest as well, by browsing the actual crime data for Augusta, located here.

http://www.augustaga.gov/index.aspx?NID=325

I did not fully tabulate this data, but I scanned trends in high severity items such as murder, theft by taking, armed robbery, over the past 6 years. With some variation, crime rates have been relatively unchanged, except for an actual DECELERATION over the past couple of years.

I would posit that the PERCEPTION of accelerating societal decay is a result of selection bias. When an individual has become convinced that things are getting worse, they will observe and retain the negative indicators, and dismiss the positive indicators. Our brains can fool us, but the numbers tell a different story.

America is evolving, and it truly freaks some people out. And when people are freaked out, they begin to lose the ability to objectively assess the data. The shame is that they often end up only hurting themselves. For example, I look forward to the coming sell-off of stockholdings by the Chicken Littles who have actually come to believe the paranoid stories of pending Marxist armageddon. It will be a great opportunity to get some fire sale prices on artificially devalued holdings. My gains will come at the cost of those who let emotion overcome their sensibility -- but given the nature of much of this emotion, I have to say I really don't feel too badly about it.

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Riverman1 11/07/12 - 11:26 pm
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"My gains will come at the

"My gains will come at the cost of those who let emotion overcome their sensibility..."

You sound like a capitalist.

burninater
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burninater 11/07/12 - 11:54 pm
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You sound like a capitalist

You sound like a capitalist.
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Lol, it would seem that way Riverman, but because I support Obama I'm a Marxist Islamo-Fascist that hates America, thirsts for a Communist worker's paradise, wants the giverment to brush my teeth at night and tie my shoes in the morning, and thinks that we all should have 100% tax rates. Oh, and I think we must immediately send all Christians to a colony on Mars.

It's a wonder that after hearing that about myself the past few years I didn't develop a great enthusiasm for the Republican candidate. Go figure.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/08/12 - 10:04 am
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Oburninator, you need to expand the range of your statistics

and compare Augusta/Richmond County from about 1988 to anything since crack, consolidation and that winner of nanny-state legislation, Section 8 housing. Especially take a look at the numbers for the area along Wrightsboro Road and to the south. You'll probably have to ask for the monthly figures prior to 2006, but I'll bet you can get them.

You are correct that emotion is involved, but I'm not stupid and my head isn't in the sand about what is happening to the Augusta area. South Augusta is the perfect example of this transformation.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/08/12 - 10:13 am
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And hyperbole doesn't diminish the reality

Ever hear of the frog in the pot? It took us a while to figure out things were getting hot. Now the boil is about to begin.

I don't believe OburnUsToAshes groupies are "...Marxist Islamo-Fascist that hate[s] America, thirst[s] for a Communist worker's paradise, want[s] the giverment to brush [my] teeth at night and tie [my] shoes..."

I believe they are dupes and sheep. I believe they have abdicated their responsibility as citizens and as human beings to use their natural faculties to learn and understand what the reality is, and what causality entails. More than half the voters did not do that adequately, apparently including yourself.

No one who searched out and understood the goals and policies OboyWhat'sNext has in store for the American taxpayer and religious entities could have voted for him, as a matter of conscience.

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