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By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

I love my job! I mean it;
I really love going to work every day.

I hear other people talk about how they dont enjoy their job because it is the same old thing, day after day. Not this guy I love it. I love the people, the excitement, and the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself.

Dont get me wrong this is a tough business. There are many days that are long and difficult, but I could not imagine doing anything else. I suppose its in my blood. When I was a young deputy, I used to drive to work with a big grin on my face thinking, I cant believe they pay me money to do this job.

When I was a kid, I never really thought about being in law enforcement. When I was in high school, my older brother was a police officer in Kennesaw, but it never really occurred to me to follow in his footsteps.

One night, while living in Athens, an Athens-Clark County police officer showed up at my front door. He had been sent to investigate someone playing loud music. Turns out, there was a band that practiced in a garage behind our house. After telling the band to keep the music down, he returned to our house and thanked us for our time. We spoke for a few minutes, and I told him about my brother. He said his department had a ride-along program and invited me to join him one evening to see what it was like to be a police officer. Deal! I went riding with him the following evening, and we rode around going from 911 calls to making traffic stops for possible drunk drivers. I was hooked.

About a year later, I was back at home working a regular job. I soon met a guy at Reinhardt College who was working at the Cherokee Sheriffs Office. He would share his stories from the previous weekend with me, and I would listen with great enthusiasm. One day, he said they were hiring deputy sheriffs in the jail, and he thought I might be interested. Interested was an understatement. I couldnt get my application in fast enough.

Since that day, I have as much fun now as I did on my first ride-along. Only now, I also appreciate the fact that I will have a retirement check from Cherokee County and a 457-retirement plan. I never thought about those things 24 years ago when I was in my early twenties. It goes by fast.

Every day I come home from work I still think, I love my job. If you are looking for a new challenge, want to make a difference in your community, and want a career and not just a job then come see us. Ask for Deputy Foster with law enforcement and civilian career opportunities. We offer a full benefits package and retirement plan.