The Valdosta Daily Times
On Tuesday, Ashley Paulk will be an ordinary citizen and businessman again, for the first time in 20 years. Serving as sheriff and county commisson chairman since 1992, he is retiring from elected office but not from his service to the public.
Lowndes County owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Paulk, as he started the war on drugs and the interstate drug teams which gained national recognition in the 1990s for the number of arrests and seizures of money and drugs from criminals apparently unaware of the dangers of driving drugs through the county.
Paulk has contributed to the financial stability of the community in both positions and has given of his time unwaveringly for two decades to make the county a safer, healthier place to live.
He acknowledges that not everyone loves him, but his stance is that when you treat everyone the same and act in a fair manner, people may not like you but they will respect you. If nothing else, Paulk will long be remembered for his consistency. Some saw it as stubbornness but when he took a stand, it was not negotiable.
Regardless of what others think of him, Paulk has been a faithful servant for many years and deserves our gratitude for his leadership. Thank you Mr. Paulk for your service.