ATLANTA – New Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr was walking the halls outside the Georgia House and Senate chambers Monday morning.
Darr, who has been in office less than two weeks, was one of many sheriffs at the Capitol. The Georgia Sheriff’s Association was lobbying lawmakers.
The No. 1 item on the agenda was to fight the proposed closing of state crime labs in Columbus and Moultrie.
Darr was being shown around by former state Rep. Tom Buck, who retired four years ago and was one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers. He now is a lobbyist for St. Francis Hospital. Sheriff’s Office Maj. Randy Robertson, first vice president of the state Fraternal Order of Police, was also with Darr.
The new sheriff was a little wide-eyed.
“This is the first time I have been in the Capitol,” said Darr, a former deputy. “I have ridden past it a thousand times transporting prisoners.”
Buck said it was important for Darr to make the trip to Atlanta.
“No. 1, he gets to meet all of his fellow sheriffs,” Buck said. “He also gets exposure to some of the House and Senate leadership. That is not only important to him, but it is important to the future of his office.”