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Six sheriff deputies promoted

From left: Forsyth County Sheriff Deputy Chief Michael Giordano; Sgt. Terry Hawkins; Sgt. Thomas Moore; Lt. Angela Taylor; Sgt. Hideki Coulter; Lt. Bill Loring; Sgt. John Whitworth and Sheriff Duane Piper. (click for larger version)
February 10, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Surrounded by their peers, family and friends, six Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies received promotions.

Two moved up to lieutenants — Lt. Angela Taylor and Lt. Bill Loring — while four Forsyth County Sheriff deputies were promoted to sergeant: Sgt. Terry Hawkins, Sgt. Thomas Moore, Sgt. Hideki Coulter and Sgt. John Whitworth.

Deputy Lt. Bill Loring, who received the pin during the ceremony from his wife, Dana, said this was a goal for him for a long time. Loring has been with the office for 16 years, since 1998.

"It's a huge recognition," Loring said. "It's the next step in my career."

Piper said before they could be promoted, the deputies were tested, interviewed by a board and selected by a committee.

"No agency is going to move forward without the participation of the deputies and the citizens," Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper. "It's the least that we can do to invite friends and family to take the time and tell them 'thank you.'"

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office has been recruiting heavily for the detention officer positions. A new jail is being built and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

"Just to open the jail, we will have to have 41 more deputies," Piper said. "So we have started that process now. You've got to get them hired and trained."

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