R. L. “Butch” Conway – Sheriff

Butch Conway has served as Sheriff of Gwinnett County since he took office in January of 1997. A veteran law enforcement officer with more than 30 years’ experience, Sheriff Conway has served in almost every capacity of police work.

Since being elected Sheriff, he has watched his department grow from 320 to 707 employees. During his four terms of office, Sheriff Conway has implemented many changes and added new programs. His most recent efforts have been involved with an inmate/dog program.

In February 2010, Operation Second Chance began with five dogs placed with 10 inmates. The dog program pulls dogs from the euthanasia line at Gwinnett Animal Control and places them with inmates to be trained to be placed for adoption. The dogs reside with chosen inmates who train them in basic obedience. The inmates also learn to groom and care for the animals. Not only do the dogs get a second chance, but the inmates learn valuable social and vocational skills that help them become more productive citizens once released from jail. The program is at no cost to the taxpayers either, and the care, food, and vet services are provided through volunteers and the Society of Humane Friends.

Sheriff Conway also has been vigilant in going after people involved in dog fighting—at one point offering $10,000 of his personal funds as reward money, and is a staunch supporter of charities involved in the rescue of animals. The causes that stir him most passionately involve animals. He gives most of the credit to his wife, Judge Carla Brown. Between the two of them, they have rescued too many animals to count. Currently, they live on their horse farm with more than 20 dogs they have rescued. Some have taken up permanent residence at their home, but others they are continually trying to place with loving families. Through his rescue efforts, the sheriff became heavily involved with the Society of Humane Friends as well as the Spay Neuter Act Coalition of Georgia and other animal groups in the area. The sheriff and his wife reside in the Harbins community. He has two daughters, and three grandsons.

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