Frank Kirby, a lifelong resident of Troup County and retired chief deputy of the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, has announced he will run for chairman of the Troup County Board of Commissioners.
The primary election will be held May 20 with early voting beginning April 28 at the Troup County Government Center. Kirby will be running as a Republican candidate.
“I’ve been committed to public service in Troup County for 37 years and want to continue serving this community,” Kirby said. “I retired just a little more than a year ago, and even though I enjoy it as anyone would, I miss making a difference in our county when I went to work each day.”
Kirby retired in late 2012 as chief deputy at the Sheriff’s Office, a position he began in 2009. He began working at the Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Lem Bailey in 1976 as a jailer, then rose through the ranks as deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major and jail administrator until he became second-in-command as chief deputy.
After his retirement, the Troup County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation announcing June 28, 2013, as “Frank Kirby Day” to recognize his “distinguished career in public service.” He was named Deputy of the Year in 2010 by the LaGrange Kiwanis Club and was presented the Pineland Partners Award for his service to the Georgia Sheriffs Youth Home.
“I helped manage the Sheriff’s multi-million dollar budget and maintained the daily operations of this large department,” he said. “I have both knowledge and firsthand experience of not only how all county departments operate along with their budgets, but also what the dynamics are among departments and how best to approach and encourage collaboration among these offices.
“If departments are not communicating effectively, taxpayers’ money can end up being wasted through duplication of efforts and resources, for instance, computer software and databases that don’t sync with that of other departments.”
Kirby, who graduated from LaGrange High School and attended LaGrange College, was born and reared in Troup County and is the son of the late Annette and Oliver Kirby. His mother retired with 40 years of service to BellSouth, while his father retired as assistant chief of the LaGrange Police Department with 42 years of service. He said his father inspired him to pursue a career in public service, specifically for one in Troup County.
Kirby and his wife, Terry, have been married for 37 years and have a son, Dr. Brian Kirby, who is married to Dr. Kerry Kirby. His son and daughter-in-law are local veterinarians and have a son who is 3 years old.
“I guess you can say I have a selfish reason for wanting to be county commission chairman,” he said. “My family has a long history here, and my son and daughter-in-law plan to stay here and raise Jones, my grandson. I’d like to think I can help mold a great county where Jones will want to stay and raise a family of his own.”
Kirby said he also wants to “grow the county’s economic base while still maintaining the pristine, untouched parts of this county.”
“It’s a delicate balance, one that I understand on one side as a servant in the county administrative sector,” he said. “But on the other side, I have a long history of family living out in the county, a family who has lived out the very real issues and concerns that our county’s patrons bring to their county commissioners to help them resolve.”
One of those issues is access and improvements to Troup County’s 12 solid waste disposal sites, more commonly known as Convenience Centers. Kirby said he will ensure that, if elected, he will hold a vote to return and re-open the centers to six days a week and Sunday afternoons.
He also wants to make sure any capital expenditures needed at the convenience centers will be paid with SPLOST revenues, not by increasing property taxes as was done in November 2013 for the purposes of health and sanitation.
“I want people to know that if I am elected as the county commission chairman and they are concerned about issues like convenience centers being closed on the days you most need them, I will be making my cell phone number accessible to everyone in the county,” Kirby said. “My home number has been in the phone book for the last 38 years. Since I’m retired, I am able to serve the citizens of Troup County 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Kirby also serves on the West Point Lake Coalition and wants to implement new programs to boost the county’s economy with one of its most valuable resources.
“West Point Lake is such an asset to this county, and there are innovative ways of playing on its strengths,” he said. “Other areas have had great success by stocking their lakes with a strain of Florida Largemouth Bass, and this program has caused an explosion in their local economies. As your chairman I would work toward implementing this successful program here. “
Kirby said that under his leadership, county taxes will be used for “necessary, essential government services.”
“I am determined to cut wasteful spending,” he said. “I sincerely make the commitment to be a chairman who will serve all the property owners and taxpayers of Troup County equally and fairly with solid, open and fair local government. I pledge that I will be a tireless and outspoken advocate for the people I’m elected to serve.”