DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann easily held on to his office July 22 with a runoff election victory over the county’s former CEO.

DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann
DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann

In unofficial returns, Mann collected more than three times as many votes as his opponent, Vernon Jones, who was making a bid for a return to elective office. According to figures posted on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, with votes from all of the county’s 189 precincts tallied, Mann had received 40,537 votes to Jones’ 12,553.
Mann thanked the voters on his Facebook page. “The choice was clear and I am proud to be able to continue to serve as your 49th sheriff,” he said.
Mann took office earlier this year after the resignation of former DeKalb Sheriff Tom Brown. Mann and Jones collected the largest number of votes among an eight-candidate field in the May 20 nonpartisan election for the office and so were cast into the runoff.

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.