Sheriff’s Substation Super Saturdays

Sheriff Kem Kimbrough will be visiting different communities every Saturday during the months of February (10:00 AM through 4:00 PM) and March (Noon through 4:00 PM) to speak with Clayton County residents during a series of meet and greets.

“The community response has been very positive,” says the Sheriff. “People have come in and shared their concerns and have personally let me know what they need and what their expectations are.”

The public meetings will be held in the trailers donated by Clayton County Public Schools which were converted into law enforcement substations by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. “The purpose of the substations is to allow citizens to have better access to law enforcement as well as enhance law enforcement presence in the community and around schools,” says Deputy Alicia Parkes, Public Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Department.

Supervisors and deputies who are assigned to those substations will also be on site to speak with residents and personalize their experience.

The next meet and greet will be held Saturday, February 26 at Lovejoy High School (1587 McDonough Road, Hampton 30228). The remaining dates and locations are:

March   5: Harper Elementary/Sequoyah Middle
March 12: East Clayton Elementary
March 19: North Clayton Middle
March 26: Lovejoy High School

Will you attend one of these meet and greets? What question(s) would you have for the Sheriff?

I would be remiss not to mention the recent Facebook flap where our Sheriff “friended”  a local newscaster who ripped what some deem a offensive picture from his personal Facebook page, and then aired a segment publicizing it.

While some found the picture to be unacceptable, there are just as many who believe this to be a non-issue and agree that his privacy was in fact, violated.

Nobody receives complete privacy in the social media realm. But Sheriff Kimbrough’s situation poses a good question – where should any expectation of privacy begin and end, whether the person is an elected official or not?

Further, if the Sheriff is doing his job and performing his duties competently, should we care about what he does in his personal life?

- By Kimberly Allen, The Clayton Talk Blog

Now seems like a good time to remind bloggers about recently updated blog rules. This blog is never written to provide anyone with an open opportunity to attack others, but to give concerned citizens a chance offer their opinions and thoughts intelligently.

20 comments Add your comment

say what?

February 21st, 2011
12:44 pm

If you are over your budget and creating a new found salary increase by way of so much overtime, then why not focus on what the Sheriff office is required to do? It would be great to have these sheriff offices in the community, but with the funding issue this is an extreme. I am baffled at what these outstations are set to do, but when I go past EC school’s substation, I either see no sheriff cars, or several sheriff cars. Why at the school when the county has a fire department station less than a 1/5 of mile away on HWY 42. Seems like this is some type of staging for election time next year (starting early so as not to be suspicious). Great idea but I do not agree with the implementation.

Clayton resident

February 21st, 2011
12:59 pm

Even if part of his reelection campaign so what so long as he acts on the good suggestsions he gets. Think he’s the only one campaigning early? For the budget if more moneys needed for law enforcement cops or sheriff then commissioners needs to find ways to work that out. The Facebook thing was silly made up by some reporter who didn’t make his story quota and wants to continue making Clayton look bad. IGNORE! Keep up the good work Sheriff K, you got my vote come 2012 unles you do something insane before then.

The Plutocrats

February 21st, 2011
2:32 pm

Let’s see how hard the commissioners will have to “work that out” when the assessment appeals start coming in this year.

A Simplier Time

February 21st, 2011
3:31 pm

At leat Sheriff Kimbrough was never charged with DUI or obstruction! HARUMPH!

Another Clayton Resident

February 21st, 2011
6:33 pm

@ Say What…When you see no cars at the substations, they are probably out serving warrants or doing area patrols. When you see several cars, they are most likely completing reports or working on plans to target a specific area. I like the idea of the substations. It is my understanding that they were donated for free and do not cost any more money to the tax payers. Plus, it puts more officers closer to their area of patrol.

As far as the Facebook thing goes, who cares. Everyone, elected or not, has a right to privacy and a private life. As long as they are not breaking the law or acting immorally, why should we care if he flipped the bird to his friends during a photo. It’s not like we have never done anything like that ourselves.

Just my thoughts


February 21st, 2011
7:38 pm

FACEBOOK IS NOT PRIVATE. It intrigues me how we can condemn our children when adults are setting such a poor example. The expectations for adults here is just low as the expectations set for our students.

Anyone who thinks face book is private is just plain ill-informed. The Sheriff is a lawyer and he should have enough sense to know that himself. Students have seen this too, what can he say to my children? As for our academic centers looking like prisons and jail facilities, I am shocked that the stakeholders of Clayton County would fall for this campaign ploy.

Do you really think we can attract middle class families to this county with this mess on our middle and high school campuses? How much will taxpayers allow themselves to be used in this county?

The sheriff is complaining about not having enough money to do his job, perhaps he could start by removing the 15 deputies he has assigned to our schools. These deputies are trained to deal with adults, not children. They should not be handling our students. This school board should be labeled criminal for allowing these sub-stations to exist, oh yes tax payers it is on your dime. Who voted for or approved this?

Not attending

February 21st, 2011
7:39 pm

No I will not attend and I am encouraging everyone to attend and tell him to get off our campuses!


February 21st, 2011
7:42 pm

What happened to my post? Should I post on facebook instead?


February 21st, 2011
7:47 pm

facebook is not private!


February 21st, 2011
7:50 pm

What was the purpose of the substations being placed on school campuses?
How are they achieving their objectives?
How much does it cost annually to have these substations on campuses?
Are they cost effective – and if so, how?
How do keeping these substations operating affect the ability of the officers to cover required duties in the field?


February 21st, 2011
7:54 pm

The sheriff is an attorney, what was he thinking? Anyone who believes that facebook is private is ill-informed and should become more informed about its uses and consequences. To imply that it is private is misleading those who do not use facebook! Just keep the people dumb!

Substations are just a campaign ploy and sadly the BOE and stakeholders are allowing this illegal activity to continue on our school campuses. How long will the people of Clayton allow themselves to be made to look like fools?

A Simplier Time

February 21st, 2011
10:07 pm

Why was a female deputy assaulted today at the jail?
Does the Sheriff need more staff?
I heard that there are imates sleeping on the floor!
Do we want another ‘Brian Wiliams’ type incident to happen due to lack of staff?


February 22nd, 2011
9:05 am

Why does the sheriff’s job attract this kind of person? Oh wait, it’s an elected position in Clayton County. That explains it.
Better question: why is “sheriff” an elected position, especially when we know what kind of people are attracted to elected positions in Clayton County?

Brick House in FP

February 22nd, 2011
1:45 pm

The only reasoning for Kembrough being elected as the Sheriff of Clayton County, to rid the county of Walkin Small; nothing else and it was a very close race with a photo finish.

It’s obvious that the moderator of this discussion forum has been promoting Kembrough, during the past weeks.

I only wish that this county can go back to having a real Sheriff. Kembrough is no better than our worthless legislators from this county.


February 22nd, 2011
2:56 pm

Brick House in FP: For the record, I have always posted and written blogs about meet and greets and/or other upcoming events for ANY politician (whether they choose to share that information with me, or I hear about it elsewhere beforehand) so that residents can be informed and get a chance to interact with their elected officials if they want to. Will continue to do so in the future.


February 22nd, 2011
5:45 pm



February 22nd, 2011
8:52 pm

Amazingly the plutocrats put this sheriff in office, now they’re crying. My advice for the elected officials in Clayton is “don’t pay attention to the so-called quasi-rich and provide quality services to the majority of the people; not just the so-called well connected!

Brick House in FP

February 23rd, 2011
1:29 pm

…As a former State lobbyist in Georgia; Ask Sheriff Kembrough what he had to do with influencing our State Legislators, from Clayton County, to vote “Nay” (NO) on these Bills :


…If he tells you that this Bill was “rammed down people’s throats without meaningful debate”, like he told me; Remind him of the “Luby Law”, where it had already been considered during the past 15 years.

….The Ask him about his involvement of swaying our State Legislators to fail to support this Bill :

Those Elected Officials and Legislators, Who Supported Our Rights To Protect Ourselves from Clayton County, Ga.

Not A Single One in Clayton County

Stand You Ground Law: SB 396 – Crimes; person who is attacked has no duty to retreat; provide immunity from prosecution.
Those Elected Officials and Legislors, Who Supported Our Rights To Protect Ourselves from Clayton County, Ga.

Representative Roberta Abdul-Salaam – District 74 -Voted No

Representative DODSON – District 75- Not Voting (-)

Representative Gail BUCKNER – 76th district- Voted No

Representative Darryl Jordan – District 77-Voted No

Representative BARNES- HD 78 (D – Jonesboro)-Not Voting (-)

Senator STARR 44TH – Excused (E)

Senator SEAY, 34TH – Voted No

By the way; This Law has nothing to do with your Rights to Bear Arms. This Law allows us the right to exercise our rights to self protection without suffering the aftermaths of legal consequences.

…..Now ask Sheriff Kembrough why he deleted his facebook Sheriff Kembrough page.

…I asked one of our State Senators from Clayton County, as to the reasoning behind her decision to vote “Nay” on the Stand You Ground Law: SB 396 and she told me that Law Enforcement told her to vote “Nay”, in fear that their lives would be in jeopardy.

…The Sheriff failed to respond to this on his facebook page, instead, he deleted it from facebook.

C'mon Son

February 25th, 2011
8:03 am

Sheriff Kem you’re better than this! These substations are pure FOLLY. Get out of the schools. Your department simply can’t afford it and your deputies probably don’t have the specialized training to be SRO’s. Stick to your three core missions : the safe and efficient operation of the jail, court security and serving the warrants. Everything else is ancillary. Concentrate on your core missions and do them better than any other sheriff’s department and you’ll be a great sheriff. You were better than the militant midget the day you pinned on the badge, but thats a very low bar. Beware of ego and hubris. I’m not going to castigate you for Facebook, but be circumspect in all things.

Brick House in FP

February 25th, 2011
1:45 pm

“Further, if the Sheriff is doing his job and performing his duties competently, should we care about what he does in his personal life?”

…What does his personal life have anything to do with him being Sheriff ? …Plenty; We should demand that our elected officials exceed the standards of excellence and this should be the high water mark, but, the pickings is getting slim with each election.

…We are now face with going from worse to bad and worse again, because, we are now face with recycling candidates that was fired or voted out of office, with no concerns of their character, personal life, their credit rating, and criminal background history. Potential Employers ask more than this, before being considered for employment with their company and most of them also requires mandatory pre-screen drug tests .

….Should our County Elected Officials oppose The State Constitution and State Laws of Georgia, before being elected into office ?

…How can this county ever stand a chance to improve, with sloppy standards such as this ?