published Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Officer Nathan Baker running for Dade County sheriff


• Name: Nathan Baker

• Age: 33

• Marital status: married with an 8-year-old son, and a child on the way

• Education: attended Dade County High School, received training at Northwest Georgia Regional Police Academy

• Work experience: 13 years of law enforcement experience at the Dade County Sheriff's Office and the Rossville Police Department

• Contact info: 423-718-3199

Rossville police Officer Nathan Baker has announced he is running for sheriff in Dade County, Ga.

Baker, with 13 years experience in law enforcement, is running against incumbent Sheriff Patrick Cannon and former Dade County Chief Deputy Tim McDonald in the GOP primary election.

If elected sheriff, the 33-year-old Baker said he would like to patrol as much as possible to talk firsthand with residents about their needs.

"Some have said a sheriff's job is just too busy to patrol," he said in a written statement. "I want to show citizens a new approach to the county's law enforcement capability."

Baker also said he would like to hire a second-shift detective to cut down on sheriff's office overtime expenses. When a detective is assigned a case the victim would be contacted to follow up on the case status within 48 hours, he said.

He also would like to hold a town hall meeting once a month in a different community to try to deter crime through community participation.

"Community involvement is the backbone of teamwork," Baker said.

Baker was hired at the Dade County Sheriff's Office in 1999 as a detention officer and later became a shift supervisor and was assigned to road patrol. Baker resigned from the sheriff's office in 2008 to run for sheriff.

In 2009, he was hired at the Rossville Police Department.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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