Johnny Moats, Incumbent
Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats is hoping voters will give him a second term in office next November to accomplish the goals he still has for improving his department and the community at large.
Moats, who was elected in 2012 over former Sheriff J. Kelly McLendon after a lifelong career locally in law enforcement, said he feels his time in office has already brought about great improvements, but that he still has an agenda for the next four years if re-elected.
“I kind of felt like I’m just getting started,” he said. “I think I’ve done so much for this county. I’m really just getting started good and I’ve got more things I want to do for the future. I want to be sheriff until I retire. I want to continue to serve this county until I can’t anymore.”
John Wayne Anderson
The yard signs of various colors and sizes have been going up for months in Polk County, and there’s still plenty of time left before residents head to the polls to vote.
Yet the race for one of the county’s top law enforcement positions is going strong in anticipation of a two-man race featuring incumbent Johnny Moats and challenger John Wayne Anderson.
In starting early, Anderson has placed high hopes in making his name known in the race and has big plans should he win the office next November.
“I’m going on thirty years in law enforcement,” he said. “I’d like to see some changes in law enforcement. The only way to get changes is from the top down, and not from out in the field.”
Murphy, a Cedartown resident, seeks the office of Sheriff, and filed a declaration of intent to run, but is waiting for qualifying to open and to resolve legal issues before making it official.
“I’m trying to make a change in the community, from Cedartown to Rockmart,” he said when asked why he wants to run.
Though he has no previous experience in law enforcement Murphy said he has been trying to get hired on at local agencies, but applications have not been followed up.
“I’m good with everyone in Cedartown and Rockmart,” he said.