Mike Smallwood, who worked four decades as a Bibb County sheriff's deputy, much of it as one of that agency's top violent-crime investigators, announced his candidacy for sheriff on Thursday.
Smallwood said he wants to see the department emphasize "shoe leather" police work.
"I want to help get this crime down. I'm a professional law enforcement officer. I'm not a politician. You can check my record. If I was a politician, I'd have about 20 people standing here," he said as he announced his candidacy at an afternoon news conference atop Coleman Hill, overlooking downtown Macon.
Smallwood, 64, was a familiar face to locals in the 1990s and early 2000s, often interviewed by area news outlets as the lead investigator on cases that included all manner of slayings and armed robberies.
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He was a Bibb deputy for 40 years and five months and retired as a captain when the sheriff's office merged with the Macon Police Department a couple of years ago.
"I'm as upset with the crime as everybody. My plan is to go back to some of our old things. Since the consolidation, everything went new. Let's go back to the old hard-work shoe leather and get these crimes under control," Smallwood said.
So far, he is the only challenger to emerge against incumbent David Davis. Davis is seeking his second term in the May 24 election.
Smallwood was critical of Davis' administration for not yet releasing crime statistics for 2015, though the numbers were made public about 15 minutes before Smallwood's news conference.
"I'm upset because we haven't had any crime stats released this year," Smallwood said. "That leads me to believe they're so bad they don't want nobody to see them."
To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.