Field of sheriff’s candidates continues to grow
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A second candidate has announced he plans to challenge Grady County Sheriff Harry Young for his job as top law enforcement officer here. Jared Evans, 37, says he plans to qualify as a republican candidate for sheriff of Grady County.
Evans has worked several years in law enforcement, and many years with his father’s business, Cairo Paint and Body.
“I grew up around officers — Dad, with his wreckers and the body shop, I was constantly around deputies and officers my whole life. I guess it’s a calling. I enjoy it and want to help people,” says Evans, who is currently an officer with the Camilla Police Department.
Raised in Cairo, Evans attended Cairo High School through 1999, then worked at Cairo Paint and Body until 2006 when he says he decided to attend the Police Academy.
After graduating from the academy, Evans worked for the Pelham Police Department, and then in 2008 worked a few months with the Whigham Police Department.
He then left law enforcement for nine years to return to Cairo Paint and Body where he worked as a painter. ‘I left law enforcement to help family out,” Evans says.
Meanwhile, Evans says he kept up his law enforcement certification, and in 2017, he joined the sheriff’s office in Baker County as a deputy. Evans says he worked there for a few months before he was offered a job with the Camilla Police Department, an offer he accepted in May 2018.
Although he says he loves his current job, Evans has decided to run for sheriff. “I want to help the citizens of this community. This is where I live, this is where my kids are growing up. I feel like the citizens of Grady County deserve a lot better than what we’ve got. I don’t want to bad mouth anybody,” Evans says.
Evans says he would lead by example and ask the community for its help. He says he would like to form a community review board and have representative ride with a deputy eight hours per month and submit a conduct review to the sheriff.
Evans says he’d also like to start a “ride along” program where any citizen could sign up to ride up to four hours with a deputy. “It would allow them to see what the deputies go through on a daily basis,” Evans contends.
The son of Donna and Donald Evans of Cairo, Jared Evans and his wife, Amanda, are the parents of five children, Candi, 18, Hailey, 15, Charli, 8, Caitlin, 8, and Kaison, 7. The family attends Cairo First Baptist Church. Evans say he claims his wife’s grandparents, Brenda and Dr. Charles Graham, as his own.
Evans is the third republican who has announced his plans to run for sheriff. Sheriff Young has said he plans to seek reelection, and last week, Steve Clark announced his candidacy.