Senator David Perdue Salutes Law Enforcement Officers

Honors Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton, 2019 Georgia Sheriff of the Year

JONES COUNTY, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today honored law enforcement officers at the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association’s seventh annual ‘Salute to Georgia Sheriffs’ event in Jones County. Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton was recognized as 2019 Georgia Sheriff of the Year, and Houston County Chief Deputy Billy Rape accepted the award on his behalf.

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“Georgia is home to some of the most impressive law enforcement officers in the nation,” said Senator Perdue. “Our Sheriffs work every day to preserve peace, prevent crime, and protect all Georgians. I particularly want to recognize my hometown Sheriff, Cullen Talton, for being named Georgia Sheriff of the Year for the second time. Sheriff Talton has faithfully served the people of Houston County for nearly five decades and been a friend to many, including my family. Sheriff Talton has helped oversee much of Houston County’s recent growth, and his impact on the community is truly hard to measure. I join all Georgians in saluting the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe.”

“The ‘Salute to Georgia Sheriffs’ was created by Sheriff Butch Reece of Jones County and is now in its seventh year,” said J. Terry Norris, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association. “This event honors the office of Sheriff and those who hold the office, and features special recognition for the Sheriff of the Year. Sheriff Cullen Talton of Houston County was chosen by the members of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association as Sheriff of the Year for 2019. The event has become a highlight each year for the Sheriffs as local, state, and federal elected officials and others convene to show their appreciation and support. The Sheriffs were recognized and honored by many and were especially grateful that Senator Perdue could attend and offer his continued support to the Sheriffs and the many men and women of our law enforcement community.”


 When Senator Perdue was elected, he was the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress. He is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.