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Franklin Co. Sheriff's Department Earns Accreditation

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Ferrum, VA - For the first time in their history the Franklin County Sheriff's Department is a state accredited agency.

The achievement completes a campaign promise by Sheriff Bill Overton to bring the department's standards up to accreditation level.

Overton, who took over the department in January 2011, replaced Ewell Hunt.

Hunt was eventually found guilty of mismanagement for his handling of the murder of Jennifer Agee by her ex-husband, then Franklin County deputy Jonathan Agee.

"So it does validity [sic] who we are, what we stand for, how we operate and that we are open and that we want to operate under the premise that we are doing things the right way," said Overton.

The sheriff says the two year process was essential to regaining the public's trust.

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