The decision to run against a longtime incumbent and a former boss did not come easily for the democratic challenger for the office of Sheriff of Jones County.
Wilfred Louis Pounds Sr. said he was approached by members of the community two years ago about the possibility. He said he started thinking about it, discussed it with his wife and came to the conclusion it was a good idea.
“I think it may be time for a change,” he said.
Pounds was quick to add that he is not alleging anything is wrong with the current system.
“I would not say anything about Sheriff Reece. I appreciate the opportunity he gave me to work for Jones County,” the candidate said.
He said he enjoyed his time as a Jones County deputy. He said he liked spending time in the community and getting to know people.
But Pounds said he feels there are areas in the system that could be enhanced.
The candidate was born and raised in Jones County and graduated from Jones County High School in 1981. After graduation, he joined the military and served in the Army for 12 years. He followed up that service with six more years in the reserves.
Pounds said he entered law enforcement when he returned from his military service. He worked at the YDC from 1998-2003 as a mental health specialist and then worked at Central State Hospital from 2003-06 as a police corporal.
Pounds said he had planned to go to the GBI from Central State, but a job came up at the Jones County Sheriff’s Office. He said he worked as a Jones County deputy until a car hit him during a traffic stop. He said he was on workers comp, due to his injuries, for two years.
In 2010 he went to work at what is now Navicent Medical Center. He said Navicent has its own police department, and he has been employed there for 10 years.
“We spend most of our time at the emergency room or triage,” he said.
Pounds said the department maintains security at all of Navicent’s buildings in Macon-Bibb, Baldwin and Peach counties.
The candidate said he likes his job, but when he first became an officer, he wanted to work in his own county. He said he has had people in Jones County reach out to him, even after he was working in Macon, and he always helps when he can.
“I’m passionate about working in Jones County,” he said.
As sheriff, Pounds said he would like to see more deputies being active in the community and making better relationships with residents.
“If people know us, that keeps us from having problems. We never want anyone to be afraid of our officers,” he said.
The candidate said he would be fair to everyone and protect everyone.
“If elected, I would do what I can to make sure we are professional, and I’d like our deputies wearing body cameras to be able to rebuff any allegations,” he said.
Pounds said he has heard rumors that, if he were elected, the current staff at the sheriff’s office would lose their jobs.
“That’s not true,” he stated. “I respect the experience of the officers and investigators. These guys are a huge asset to the department, and I appreciate their service,” he said.
He said he is opposed to negative campaigns, and he removes any negative comments that appear on his social media pages.
“I believe in fairness and protecting everyone. You have to love law enforcement to have been in it this long,” Pounds said. “I’d love the opportunity to once again serve the people of Jones County.”
The candidate has a Facebook page, Elect Louis Pounds for Jones County Sheriff, for more information.