fair.png
Monday June 14th, 2021 5:25PM

Couch names administrative team

GAINESVILLE - Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday afternoon.

Kevin Head had served as Deputy Chief of the Hall County Probation Service Department. He becomes Couch's Major of the Administrative Bureau in charge of courthouse and jail operations.

John Latty, retired as Assistant Chief of the Gwinnett County Police, becomes the Major of the Enforcement Bureau in charge of uniform patrol and criminal investigations.

"Both men I have known for my entire career, and I consider them to be among the finest public safety professionals that I've ever worked with," Sheriff-elect Couch said.

"They will help to ensure a bright future for the sheriff's office and the citizens that we serve."

The Couch administration decided to reduce the number of executive staff positions from four to two.

"This is all about getting more officers out in the field and better trained and equipped to serve the citizens of Hall County," Couch said.

The contracts of two of four of current Sheriff Steve Cronic's executive staff were not renewed. They are Majors Woodrow Tripp and Robin Kemp.

"These moves were not disciplinary in nature, they are simply part of Sheriff Couch's desire to move the department forward with a new vision. Their years of professional service to this community are appreciated and we wish them well in their future endeavors," a statement from sheriff-elect Couch's office read.

Colonel Tony Carter, a third member of Cronic's executive staff, is scheduled to retire at the end of January. A fourth executive slot was empty.

The swearing in ceremony for Sheriff Gerald Couch is scheduled Friday at 3:00 p.m. from First Baptist Church on Green Street in Gainesville. Governor Nathan Deal will conduct the ceremony.



Major Kevin Head bio, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office:

Head graduated from North Georgia College with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. He began his law enforcement career in 1987 as a patrol officer with the Hall County Sheriff's Office. During his time with the department, Head also served as a criminal investigator, sergeant of the Crimes against Children Unit, lieutenant over the Crimes against Persons Unit, Assistant Commander of Criminal Investigations and the supervisor of the Safe Streets Task Force, among other leadership positions. In May 2012, Head left the sheriff's office to serve as Deputy Chief of the new Hall County Probation Services Department.


Major John Latty bio:

Latty retired as assistant chief of the Gwinnett County Police Department after 25 years of service. He completed the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College in 1998 and served as an adjunct professor and lecturer for Columbus State University in the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College for 12 years. Latty also served as a U.S. Army military policeman for three years. He is a lifelong resident of Hall County and a 1970 graduate of South Hall High School. He is also a graduate of Gainesville Junior College, North Georgia College and Columbus State University, where he received his master's degree in public administration. Latty and his wife of 40 years, Rebecca, have three children and five grandchildren.

© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 8 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 8 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 8 years ago )
Local/State News
Investigators comb for clue's in Friday night plane crash
Federal investigators remained on the scene Sunday following a single-engine plane crash Friday night near the Gainesville airport that killed three people.
By AccessWDUN staff
11:10AM ( 50 minutes ago )
Flowery Branch man to be sentenced for dealing drugs from prison
A Flowery Branch man pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Athens to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine from his prison cell.
By AccessWDUN staff
10:13AM ( 1 hour ago )
Voting bills flood Georgia legislature as GOP seeks limits
Republicans in Georgia’s state legislature have introduced a flood of bills aimed at rolling back voting access after record turnout led to recent Democratic wins in the state
8:30AM ( 3 hours ago )
Humane Society of Northeast Georgia hiring medical positions
Leadership with the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is looking to fill the positions of Medical Director and Associate Veterinarian.
6:00AM ( 6 hours ago )
The Latest: U.S. FDA approves J&J single-shot vaccine
The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19
6:42PM ( 17 hours ago )