A MESSAGE FROM THE SHERIFF:
Things have changed in Washington County since Hurricane Michael ripped through the panhandle two weeks ago. The wail of chainsaws early in the morning are now a welcomed sound, representing life and progress. Blue tarps are visible on nearly every roof in sight. Trees are bent and broken, laying across homes and lining our streets. And, as we count our blessings looking up at the stars at night, it is hard not to notice the unfamiliar skyline.
Some would say our county is unrecognizable. People have been thirsty, hungry, scared, and are now homeless or jobless. But the one thing that has remained the same is the love we have for our neighbors. As devastation blew through our county, it brought in its wake a surprising twist of smiling faces, helping hands, and kind words from strangers.
Amongst the harrowing photographs of nearby areas and the heartbreaking stories of those who have lost their lives, we seek anything good – only to look to our left and to our right. Seeing communities rally behind each other and the outpour of their love and compassion has been a humbling experience.
I will always be grateful for the ability to serve as your Sheriff, and in times like these, I could not be prouder of the communities I love.