During this year’s recent annual National Sheriff’s Association Summer Annual Executive Training, Athens-Clarke County Sheriff Ira Edwards was elected as the sergeant-at-arms.
A sergeant of arms is an official of a legislative or other assembly whose duty includes maintaining order and security.
As reported in The Red & Black, he was elected at last month’s training session which took place in New Orleans. It is one of many summer sessions hosted by the NSA, which is an organization that serves the Office of Sheriff through education, police training and law enforcement information resources.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be elected to serve on a local, state, and now national level,” Edwards said.
As sergeant-at-arms, Edwards will be responsible for maintaining decorum at the many meetings and conferences held by the association. His election also means that he will move on to the next highest office every year until he reaches the presidency, Edwards said.
Chartered in 1940, the NSA has had only one other African-American elected to the position of sergeant-at-arms in its history. Edwards believes that his election is a step in the right direction.
“It’s a clear indication that the NSA sees the importance of inclusion and diversity on a national level,” Edwards said. “If we are to address diversity and equality, we must start at the top and allow it to flow downward.”
This prestigious election came from the national association which represents over 3,000 sheriffs throughout the country.
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