Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is pleased to announce the hiring of Jimmy Watt to be the new public information officer for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Watt was selected from a number of qualified applicants to fill this position. He will be responsible for establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with the media in addition to providing up to date and correct information on current incidents and events to the citizens of Oconee County. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping the public informed about law enforcement issues. Sheriff Crenshaw said “this position will allow us to build upon our mission of building partnerships with the citizens. In order to keep our residents safe, we must keep them informed. I look forward to having a professional such as Jimmy to be our spokesperson as we move forward.”
This is another step in the restructuring process undertaken by the new sheriff that was created within the current budget. Mr. Watt is an Oconee County native. He will begin his new job on February 25, 2013. The attachment includes a photo.
Below is a brief summary of Mr. Watt’s background:
• Over 20 years’ experience in the media field.
• Has been the traffic reporter for the morning and evening newscasts on WYFF News 4 full-time since May of 2001.
• Has been the play-by-play voice for high school football on WGOG in Walhalla, SC since 2003.
• Also an ordained Southern Baptist Minister, was the Associate Pastor at Welcome Baptist Church from 2010 – 2013 and recently accepted the interim pastorship at Mill Shoal Baptist Church in Royston, GA.
Mr. Watt released the following statement:
“I am extremely excited about this new opportunity with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department. I appreciate the confidence that Sheriff Crenshaw and all the men and women with the department have placed in me. I believe that Sheriff Crenshaw and the command staff have a great vision of where they want to lead the deparment and I am truly humbled to be a part of that. I leave behind some wonderful friends and colleagues in Greenville, but I am looking forward to getting to work as the Public Information Officer on February 25th.”