CONYERS -- Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Deputy Eric Levett announced Monday that he plans to run as a Democrat for the office of sheriff.
Levett, whose family members are lifelong residents of Rockdale County, began his involvement with law enforcement while still in high school as part of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Explorer program.
Levett, 39, was born and raised in Rockdale County and educated in the Rockdale public school system. After high school graduation, Levett began work as a communications operator with the Rockdale County E-911 Center. According to Levett's website, he joined the Sheriff's Office as a detention deputy in 1993 and was assigned to the Uniform Division in 1994 after attending the Fulton County Police Academy. He worked for both the Stone Mountain Park Police Department and the Lake City Police Department before returning to the Sheriff's Office in 1997. In 2000 he took a position with the Conyers Housing Authority, returning to the Sheriff's Office in 2002.
According to the release, Levett will focus on making Rockdale a safer place to live, work and visit.
"I want to send a very clear, strong and unwavering message to the non-law abiding citizens; I will be tough on crime and I will make this community safer," Levett stated in the release.
Levett pledged to work with all county departments, all law enforcement agencies within Rockdale County and also with the citizens to accomplish his goal of making Rockdale the safest community in metro Atlanta.
Levett's platform is based on "Safety, Accountability and Professionalism." According to the press release, he plans to hold town hall meetings during his campaign and continue them if elected.
Levett has been married for 15 years to Lavette Levett. They have two sons, Christian, 8, and Colin, 3.
A campaign kick off event is planned for Sunday, April 1, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Creolaise Ballroom and Bistro at 1161 Old Salem Road, Conyers.
For more information on Levett's campaign, go to www.levettforsheriff.com or write to The Committee to Elect Eric Levett Sheriff 2012, P.O. Box 1131, Conyers, Ga. 30012.