Durden seeking election
By Halei Lamb | April 16, 2020 10:48 am
Allen Keith Durden has officially qualified as a candidate for sheriff of Emanuel County. He is a lifelong resident of Emanuel County, as were his parents, Johnny and Jeanelle Durden. He has been married to his wife, Dottie Rowland Durden, for 31 years, and they have two daughters, Allison and Allaina. The candidate and his family attend Emanuel Christian Ministries.
Durden attended Emanuel County Schools and graduated from Swainsboro High School in 1983. In 1985, he pursued his passion for law enforcement and accepted a job with Swainsboro Police Department. After working with Swainsboro Police Department for a year, Durden attended the Central Savannah River Area Law Enforcement Training Center and obtained his law officer certification. In 1988, Durden took the position of chief of police in Adrian. In 1989, he went to work with the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy and remained there until he purchased his own business in 1992.
The businessman owned and operated Durden Service Center, a full-service gas and service station until 1995, when he was offered a supervisory position with the Emanuel County Board of Education as the transportation coordinator for Emanuel County School System. While in this position, Durden had the opportunity to receive several certifications through the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. One of those certifications included becoming a certified school resource officer. While he was employed with the Emanuel County Board of Education, he also worked part-time with the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy. Durden remained in the position of transportation coordinator until 2018 when he retired with 23 years of service.
He is excited and eager to speak with the citizens of Emanuel County to listen to their concerns and to share his visions for our community if elected the next sheriff of Emanuel County.