After completing all his required classes and receiving a good evaluation, Liberty County Deputy Fernando George was promoted to advance deputy sheriff during a ceremony Friday at the Liberty County Justice Center.
George became employed with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office about a year ago after serving with the Hinesville Police Department.
“It is an honor to be associated with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, coming from the Hinesville Police Department,” George said. “I’m really glad I have this opportunity to be here and work at the courthouse.”
Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes, who presented George’s stripes, commended George on his recent accomplishment, adding that he wishes he had a few more men with George’s experience and drive.
“It is seldom that you find someone with the experience this man has, and we are honored and privileged to have him,” Sikes said. “I am very fortunate to not only call him an officer but my friend.”
George’s new assignment includes assisting with security within the Justice Center building under supervisor Lt. James Caines.
“Fernando is an asset like the sheriff said. If I could have five or six more like him over here we would be all right. I have some good guys and he’s been a pleasure to work with,” Caines said.
In other law enforcement news, Sikes added that he is extremely pleased that the updated website has aided the department in recent arrests stemming from anonymous tips posted online. He said tips led to the arrests of two juveniles allegedly responsible for vandalism at Midway Middle School and Liberty Elementary, as well as the apprehension of Jenica Smith, who is facing multiple charges of child molestation.
Sikes said he hopes more people will be willing to provide information through the website, which could provide leads for cases still being investigated within the county. Anyone wishing to report a tip online can go to www.libertyso.com.