Provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson
Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson has announced that he will seek reelection in 2012. Dotson was appointed Sheriff by the County Commissioners in 2003, and was subsequently elected as Sheriff in 2004. Dotson was reelected by Lincoln County voters in 2008.
Under Dotson’s leadership, the Sheriff’s Office has undergone significant changes and improvements, and has achieved many goals. Innovative technology and training practices were introduced into all divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. Much of this technology and training were focused and coordinated to improve the safety of employees, as well as the delivery of better and more effective services.
Starting in 2005, and for the next four years, the Lincoln County Jail went through three reorganizations. The results were improved efficiency at less cost to taxpayers. Jail space was increased from 128 to 161 beds, with fewer personnel.
Since March of 2009, the incidence of early inmate releases from the Lincoln County Jail has dramatically dropped, to the point where the Jail now typically has available bed space. Few early releases have occurred this year, and overtime costs have been dramatically reduced. “Under Sheriff Dotson’s leadership, the credibility and effectiveness of our entire criminal justice system has been greatly enhanced,” said Rob Bovett, Lincoln County District Attorney.
Changes in the delivery of services from the Patrol, Records/Civil, and Jail Divisions, as well as the Animal Shelter, have resulted in an increased level of customer satisfaction. Sheriff Dotson credits each division commander and their teams for carrying out these impressive accomplishments.
“While there will always be challenges, the members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are prepared and motivated to meet those challenges and provide the best possible services for the citizens of Lincoln County,” said Sheriff Dotson. “Because we have more plans for the future, I wish to continue to be a part of this bright, exciting, and energetic team.”