TO MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES:
In less than two months I will step into the large shoes of Sheriff Greg Coursey. . I want to take this opportunity to explain to you what my goals and objectives are for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the community. I started my law enforcement career at the age of 18 and now, after 25 years, I am ready to serve the community that gave so much to me.
I will work hard to create and maintain a partnership with our employees, residents, business and community leaders and others who choose to live, work, visit and learn in our community, and to protect life and property, solve societal problems and enhance social, environmental, economic and educational opportunities for all of Burke County. Simply stated, our mission is service!
Our vision is to expound upon the current foundation by employing the latest and most cost-effective methods in delivering quality service to the citizens of Burke County while maintaining positive relationships with those we serve. Our purpose is clear, service!
Anyone who has worked with me knows I firmly believe in loyalty to the mission, not me! We will make decisions together when they affect you personally and we will involve citizens in our decision-making when they are affected. My decisions will always be in the best interest of you and those I am elected to serve, as this is a fundamental duty to mankind.
You will always hear from me phrases like, “He works with me” rather than “He works for me” or “She is our chief deputy” instead of “She is my chief deputy.” You will be valued and appreciated. Any exemplary work you perform or work above and beyond the call of duty will be rewarded immediately. You will always have the necessary tools to get the job done. You will have autonomy to make decisions. With these attributes, comes responsibility and accountability. Every person will be required to do his/her part in the service of others. In this ever-developing environment, the two things that remain constant are change and learning. Growth is good!
We must be fully prepared to serve. This means good physical and mental conditioning. We will have goals to set and standards to meet. I will not be exempt from any of this! When the residents call upon us for service, we will answer the call, performing at the highest levels to ensure Burke County is served and protected.
While this was my first run for public office, I have followed and participated in politics for most of my law enforcement career. I understand you may find it difficult to openly support our campaign. We humbly and respectfully ask for your vote and support. We are very appreciative for all that you do each day to sacrifice yourselves and your families to be of service to others. We look forward to working with each of you.
May God provide you with peace, grace and wisdom. I pray that He watches over you and your families.
Alfonzo Williams, M.Ed.