McDONOUGH — Willie Brown, a retired Henry County Sheriff's Department deputy and retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer, has announced his bid for Henry County sheriff.
Brown, who served Henry County for over 15 years and is a volunteer reserve deputy, started in the Jail Division of HCSO. He also worked in the Civil and Warrant Division Courts and the Community Relations Departments and served as the commander's backup at the Henry County Detention Center Annex.
Brown is a graduate of Oak Ridge High and holds an associate's degree in hotel-motel-restaurant management from Valencia College and a bachelor's in public safety from Mercer University. He also graduated from the Clayton Regional Law Enforcement Academy for Basic Law Enforcement, the United States Navy Personnelman Class "A" School, the Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit School, the Automated Drug and Alcohol Program School and the Naval Leadership School.
A native of Montezuma, Brown served with the Navy for more than 21 years in more than 10 countries around the world, both in wartime and peace. As class leader, Brown guided his class to a 100 percent graduation rate. As coordinator of the delayed entry program for the Navy Recruiting District Atlanta, he mentored 120 recruiters, more than 1,000 delayed-entry future Navy personnel and met 100 percent of the shipping to boot camp goal.
Brown also served as division officer for Navigation aboard the USS Normandy (CG-60), as well as Administration and Officer Programs supervisor for Navy Recruiting District Montgomery, Ala., leading petty officer for the Administration Division and vice president of the First-Class Association for Fighter Squadron 33 Naval Air Station in Oceana, Va. During his service, Brown developed programs to increase junior sailors' advancement by 20 percent. He also served as legal yeoman on the USS Yosemite (AD-19) in Mayport, Fla. His superiors at the Navy Recruiting District in Raleigh, N.C. handpicked him for an assignment as Enlistment Programs supervisor and Military Processing liaison petty officer at the Military Entrance Processing Station. As petty officer, Brown contributed to officer programs, achieving 100 percent of the goal requirements at NRD Raleigh.
Brown's military commendations include the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
In civilian life, Brown has served as co-president of Bethlehem Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization and helped raise funding for the students' educational needs and playground equipment. Brown also served as vice president of education for the Luella Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, also raising funds for educational supplies and playground equipment. As a member of the Parent Teacher Organization Board, Brown was chosen by the Henry County Board of Education as a member of the team that selected a principal for Bethlehem Elementary School.
Brown serves on the Henry County Zoning Advisory Board. He also volunteers as a Henry County Sheriff Reserve deputy and helps restore veterans' homes throughout metro Atlanta.
Brown and his wife of 33 years live in Locust Grove and attend Divine Faith International Ministry in Jonesboro, where he serves as deacon and on a review committee for a $6.4 million family life center project. He also serves as a mentor for the Sons of Issachar, which encourages young men to become good citizens and community entrepreneurs. He also is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6330 in Jonesboro and serves as an Adjutant for American Legion Post 330 in Hampton.
Brown's Facebook campaign site is https://www.facebook.com/williebrownforsheriff.