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2015 EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER – 1st QUARTER

 


 

Consuelo Maldonado

Jail Officer Consuelo Maldonado

CONSUELO MALDONADO was named Employee of the Quarter ending March 31, 2015.

     Officer Maldonado is recognized by co-workers as being an “exceptional employee who goes beyond her duties each day.” She is a great addition to the Jail Operations Division.”  Officer Maldonado’s supervisors sees her as always striving to learn and very conscientious about her work.  Officer Maldonado’s dependability and willingness to assist the general public, deputies, jail staff and supervisors is outstanding.  Officer Maldonado is noted as one who takes initiative and has a great attitude.  Consuelo is a positive employee and a team player, who accepted this award on behalf of her shift, as she stated, “she could not do it without her shift, and they work as a team and is that is the reason for her effectiveness”.   This is such a positive reflection which truly translates the diligence and caliber of employees that helps us to remain “Positive in Our Community!”  Officer Maldonado has been employed with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since September 3, 2000.

Please congratulate Officer Consuelo Maldonado on a job well done!

 

 



 

 

 



Deputy Chris Snyder submits Resignation

 


 

 

CHRIS SYNDER 2015

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office wishes to announce the resignation of Deputy Chris Snyder, effective May 18, 2015.  Deputy Snyder has accepted a job offer from neighboring Walker County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy.  Deputy Snyder is a 4+ year veteran of the FCSO, where he began work as a jailer and was promoted to Deputy after completing the Peace Officer Standards and Training mandate course.  Deputy Snyder is a veteran of the War in Iraq, where he served 3 tours with the Second Marine Division. Deputy Snyder is currently assigned to the Field Operations Division, warrants office where he has served for the last 16 months in an exemplary fashion with no disciplinary actions in his personnel jacket.  Deputy Snyder is married with 4 children.

   

“It’s always good to see our friends and colleagues do well but it is sad to see them go.”  Sheriff Tim Burkhalter stated upon receiving the letter of resignation.  Surrounding Law Enforcement agencies routinely hire veteran Deputies from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Burkhalter also stated that, “It is hard to keep good personnel when everyone else is paying more, assigning full time vehicles or providing better benefits.”

   

  Sheriff Burkhalter and the staff of the Sheriff’s Office wish Deputy Snyder the best in all of his future endeavors.   



 



Sheriff Request Independent Counsel


 

PRESS RELEASE 02-11-2015

SHERIFF BURKHALTER REQUEST INDEPENDENT COUNSEL

 

In January 2015, Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter requested a budget hearing with the Floyd County Board of Commissioners for the purpose of making budget justifications for long needed additional personnel and equipment from previous year’s requests that have been denied. Sheriff Burkhalter took office 10 years ago and has dealt with the realities of declining revenues negatively effecting his budget and causing concern for overall operations with an increasing demand for services.

 After the budget hearing with the board of commissioners, Sheriff Burkhalter was notified his requests for personnel and equipment for his office and the jail had been denied. In addition to a lack of adequate funding for critical staff and replacement fleet vehicles, the salaries for his force has been static as well with only a 1% cost of living increase in 8 years with his deputies and jail officers now among the lowest paid in the Northwest Georgia 9 county area. This creates a serious problem with the retention of qualified staff; increasing the cost to the county to continually process and train new employees that only move out of the county at the first opportunity. Sheriff Burkhalter has repeatedly asked for a re-evaluation of pay scales for all local public safety employees.

 On February 9, 2015, Sheriff Burkhalter notified County Attorney Tommy Manning, County Manager Jamie McCord and County Commission Chairman Larry Maxey that he was requesting separate counsel be provided to him for the purpose of formally appealing his budget. The Floyd County Commission has failed to adopt a budget making reasonable and adequate provision for the personnel and equipment necessary to enable the sheriff to perform his duties of enforcing the laws and preserving the peace. The purpose of separate counsel is to prevent the county attorney from a conflict of interest in representing the sheriff and the county commission simultaneously. Sheriff Burkhalter hopes to seek injunctive relief through a mandamus action in Floyd Superior Court by Chief Judge Walter J. Matthews.

 





2015 Sheriff’s Office Promotions, Jail Operations Division


2015  JAIL OPERATIONS DIVISION PROMOTIONS

 



 

FCSO NEW MUGS/ session 1

Lieutenant Allen Pledger

 

 

Allen Pledger was promoted from Staff Sergeant, a position that he has held since August 12, 2007, to Lieutenant.  Lt. Pledger has been employed with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since 1996; prior ranks include Staff Sergeant, Sergeant, Corporal, Deputy Sheriff and Jail Officer.  Lt. Pledger is veteran of the U.S. Air Force and loyally serves in the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office-Jail Operations Division.  Congratulations, Lt. Pledger on a job well done!

 

 

 



 

FCSO NEW MUGS/ session 3

Lieutenant Jeff Ploof

 

Jeff Ploof was promoted from Staff Sergeant, a position that he has held since August 12, 2007, to Lieutenant.  Lt. Ploof has been employed with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since 1990; prior ranks include Staff Sergeant, Sergeant, Corporal, Deputy Sheriff and Jail Officer.  Lt. Ploof is a veteran of the U.S. Army and faithfully serves in the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office-Jail Operations Division.  Congratulations, Lt. Ploof on a job well done!

 

 

 

 

 



 

Sgt. Justin Oliver

Staff Sergeant Justin Oliver

 

 

Justin Oliver was promoted to Staff Sergeant. SSgt. Oliver has been employed with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since 1996; prior ranks include Sergeant, Corporal, Deputy Sheriff and Jail Officer.  SSgt. Oliver dutifully serves in the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office-Jail Operations Division.  Congratulations, SSgt. Oliver on a job well done!

 

 

 

 



 

Sgt. David Allen

Sergeant Dave Allen

 

David Allen was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.  Sgt. Allen has 23 years law enforcement experience and has been employed with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since December 21, 2009.  Sgt. Allen is certified as a Jail Officer and Deputy Sheriff.  Sgt. Allen has worked in various capacities with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office to include Jail Officer and Corporal in the Jail Operations Division and as a Deputy in the Field Services Division.  Sgt. Allen is a veteran of the U.S. Marines.  We congratulate Sergeant Allen on a job well done!

 

 

 

 



 

FCSO NEW MUGS/ session 1

Corporal William Schwartz

 

William Schwartz was promoted from Deputy Sheriff to Corporal.  Corporal Schwartz has 12 years law enforcement experience and has been employed with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since September 16, 2002.  Corporal Schwartz is certified as a Jail Officer and Deputy Sheriff.  Corporal Schwartz has worked in various capacities with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office to include Jail Officer in the Jail Operations Division and as a Deputy in the Field Services Division.  We congratulate Corporal Schwartz on a job well done!

 

 

 

 



 

FCSO NEW MUGS/ session 1

Corporal Dawn Casey

 

Dawn Casey was promoted from Deputy Sheriff to Corporal.  Corporal Casey has 6 years law enforcement experience and has been employed with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since May 6, 2004.  Corporal Casey is certified as a Jail Officer and Deputy Sheriff.  Corporal Casey has worked in various capacities with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office to include Jail Officer in the Jail Operations Division and as a Deputy in the Field Services Division.  We congratulate Corporal Casey on a job well done!

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 



2015 Sheriff’s Office Promotions, Administration Division

2015   ADMINISTRATION DIVISION PROMOTIONS

 



 

FCSO NEW MUGS/ session 2

Captain Mark Blanton

Mark Blanton was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain and is the supervisor for the Administration Division of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. Capt. Blanton was born and raised in Floyd County where he graduated from Coosa High School. Capt. Blanton is a 37-year veteran of local law enforcement, having started out as a radio operator at the Floyd County Police Department, August 19, 1978. Capt. Blanton is a certified EMT and serves as the Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. He spends much of his time involved in community service such as Boy Scouts of America and is a past recipient of “Officer of the Year”.  Captain Blanton is responsible for Records Retention Services, GCIC-NCIC, Computer Services, Purchasing and Sex Offender Registration for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

 





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