Plott calls it quits following fine career

By Bob Stickley

After 28 years of dedicated service to Franklin County, Sheriff Larry Plott says its time to retire.

Plott has given his all to bring law and order to our county. In my opinion, he has done a great job.

Over the 28 years of service to our county, Plott has brought many people to trial, first in his earlier years for alcohol sales, and then drug-related cases, such as the recent multi-agency raid that captured 175 people in northwest Alabama.

My hats off to all the agencies involved in these investigations.

As we look back over the years of Plott’s service, there are a couple of incidents that stand out in my mind.

The first was the investigation and conviction of the Dawsons.

The second was the very emotional Andrea Gonzalez case. One can’t help but remember the many hours officers put into this case.

These cases require a lot of leg work and dedication to the families involved and Sheriff Plott and his deputies have always given their all.

I have known Sheriff Plott for many years and I still wear one of his old baseball caps.

I have voted for him in all of his campaigns and would vote for him again if he had chosen to run.

I think he has done a fantastic job and served the people well for 28 years.

He was instrumental in helping the county get a new jail, which was much needed for a long time. You can drive by the old jail and see why a new one was needed to badly. It cost a lot of money, but what doesn’t these days?

My hats off to Sheriff Plott and the county commission for seeing that project through.

It seems that one of the most awful crimes today is the manufacturing and selling of methamphetamine. Sheriff Plott and his deputies have worked hard to bring those people to justice.

I do not know Sheriff Plott’s plans, but whatever he chooses, we all wish him a wonderful retirement and thank you for 28 years of dedicated service.

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