When DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann walked into his victory party in Tucker, the disc jockey perfectly queued Aloe Blacc’s hit, “I’m the Man.”
The song was fitting for the sheriff, who easily cruised to victory, defeating former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones with 40,537 votes (76.36 percent). Jones received 12,553 or 23.64 percent of the vote.
“We worked hard and had a great campaign. This election was an awesome experience, but it was a success because of amazing volunteers and great endorsers who are well-respected in our community,” said Mann, who formerly served as chief deputy and was sworn in as sheriff on Feb. 28, when Thomas Brown stepped down to run for Congress. “My administration will work hard to support the inclusion of everybody from across the county because we all have a common goal: to make sure DeKalb County is strong again.”
Mann says he plans to continue to bring strong leadership and make every effort to keep DeKalb safe. He says he will put safety before politics and will work hard to ensure the integrity and respect of the community has for the county sheriff office remains in tact.
As sheriff, Mann will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations within the DeKalb Sheriff's Office. This includes the jail, field, court and administrative divisions. Mann says he prides himself on motivating, inspiring and mentoring all 860 employees under his command.
After the results were in, Vernon Jones released a statement, thanking supporters and volunteers.
“To all my supporters, we did not win the election this time. Thank you for all of your support, votes, hard work, and prayers. But God's perfect will was done, and I’m in agreement with that,” Jones said in the statement.
Mann received his highest number of votes, 747, in the city of Avondale Estates.
Thomas Brown, Mann’s former boss, pushed for Mann’s victory, calling on others to support Mann.
“Good government in DeKalb County is alive and well. My sheriff has really made me proud over this campaign and we all look forward to his leadership in this county,” said Brown. “Sheriff Mann understands and practices great leadership. He knows and has been doing the job at my side for the last 10 years.”
Just a day before the runoff elections were held, DeKalb County’s Interim CEO Lee May led a press conference to garner support for Mann. At the press conference Thomas Brown, City of Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, and Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry joined May. At the press conference, officials said more than 30 elected officials and dignitaries had endorsed Mann for sheriff.
“I am really proud of Sheriff Mann and his leadership. We really need his leadership in DeKalb County,” said May. “Sheriff Mann has a high level of integrity and ethics. I know he will make sure DeKalb looks good. I look forward to working with Jeff as we move the county forward.”