Created: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 02:18:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 02:26:29 EST
The Crisp County community is mourning the loss of long-time Sheriff Donnie Haralson.
The Cordele Dispatch is reporting that Haralson, who had been battling renal cell carcinoma for over ten years, passed away at his home at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Haralson was sworn in as Sheriff on January 1, 1987 and served the citizens of Crisp County for over 35 years having first served in other areas of law enforcement before being elected Sheriff. He began service in 1977 as an officer with the Cordele Police Department and was eventually named Chief of Police.
Haralson carried on a legacy of law enforcement service that began with his father, W. R. Haralson, who died in the line of duty in 1975 while serving in Crisp County.
Haralson was awarded 'Sheriff of the Year' in 2010 by the Georgia Sheriffs' Association and earned the distinction of the longest serving sheriff in Crisp County’s history.
Haralson served as President of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, and had served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Public Safety Board, presided as Chairman for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council as well as Chairman for the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council.
Stay tuned to WGXA News for details on funeral and service arrangements.
Information from: The Cordele Dispatch, www.cordeledispatch.com