As a retired firefighter, Commissioner Wilson understands all too well the importance of public safety in a community. While serving on the board, Johnny has advocated for additional personnel and equipment investments to protect Henry County.
Public Safety Highlights
Since 2017, when Commissioner Wilson was sworn into office, Henry County has increased annual public safety expenditures by $16.4 million.
Some of the highlights in Public Safety have included the following:
- Budgeted for twenty new police officers this year.
- Created Henry County E-911’s first call taker positions in FY 2020 to better support dispatchers in their duties.
- Awarded the SAFER Grant in FY 2018, providing federal funds to hire twenty-seven new firefighters.
- Opened three new fire stations since 2017 with appropriate staffing and rebuilt Fire Station 2 in Locust Grove.
- Invested in “body-worn computers” with body camera functionality for all Henry County police officers.
- Adopted a class and compensation study in fall 2018 providing raises to 84% of all county employees.
- Leased two ladder trucks in 2017 replacing twenty-year-old apparatus in the fire department.
- Purchased seventy new vehicles in 2019 for the police department and Sheriff’s Office.
If re-elected, Commissioner Wilson will continue working on behalf of Henry County’s first responders. The recently approved SPLOST V program included funds to construct a new police precinct and fire station in the Ola area, and working with the city of Locust Grove, Johnny is laying the groundwork for a future fire station in the southern portion of the city.