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Attorney general tours Hinesville
Attorney General Chris Carr and his wife Joan speak with Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown, former Mayor Tom Ratcliffe and attorney Bubba Grinstead - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Georgia’s Attorney General Chris Carr briefly visited Hinesville last week. The current AG was in Savannah, and stopped in Hinesville afterward.

He toured city hall and the Liberty County Justice Center, and met and spoke with city officials, members of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and superior court judges during the tour.

Carr was chief of staff for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson for six years. He was appointed as AG by Governor Nathan Deal when former AG Sam Olens vacated the position to become president of Kennesaw State University. Carr’s term ends in 2018. He then becomes eligible to seek election to a full four-year term.

Carr sat with Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown and spoke on a variety of topics. The AG said his office is focused on creating better cohesion between federal and state law enforcement departments. He said together the departments’ goals include combating the opioid epidemic, human trafficking, gang activity and elder abuse, and increasing cyber security.

Carr said his office is focused on federal issues, improving the quality of life for the law enforcement community and the continuing economic development in the state.

He met with Sheriff Steve Sikes. They talked about law enforcement while touring the office. Liberty County Probate Judge Nancy Aspinwall brought the issue of mental health to Carr’s attention. She said funding and policy need to be addressed as too many mentally ill people end up in the penal system. She said those with mental illness need to be placed at facilities better equipped to deal with their conditions, not jail.

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