August 31, 2013

Deputy Townsend is county Employee of the Month

By Mitch Talley Whitfield County Director of Communications

— Deputy Wes Townsend always goes above and beyond his responsibilities as an animal control officer.

That’s why it comes as no surprise that Townsend’s alertness recently helped solve several burglary cases in Whitfield and Murray counties.

“The criminal investigations division was searching for a person who was caught on video breaking into a house,” said Detective Eric Burnette. “The video showed the suspect’s car but not the tag. Deputy Townsend passed a vehicle that looked like the suspect’s.”

Townsend located the car at an apartment and contacted Burnette.

“The suspect was the same person in the video and was later found to have multiple warrants through Murray County,” Burnette said. “Deputy Townsend solved a lot of cases because of this. He is more than willing to assist investigators locate suspects in cases that are not related to his job duties.”

For his dedication to the residents of the county, Townsend has been named Whitfield County Employee of the Month for July.

To let the people of Whitfield County know more about him, the deputy filled out the following survey.

Name: Robert Wesley Townsend.

Job: Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Time with the county: Will be eight years in October.

Where I went to school: Murray County High School.

My role as a county employee: Animal Control.

What keeps my job interesting: Meeting different people each day.

What gives me a sense of accomplishment on the job: Satisfaction of helping someone to resolve a problem.

The most important thing I’ve done on the job: Assisting other officers in bad situations.

Where I grew up: I was born in Kennesaw and lived there till I was 13, then moved to Murray County.

Family: Wife, Jennifer; daughter, Ashlon; and two sons, Zach and Colin.

After work, I enjoy: Spending time with my family, going to the gym.

Community activities: Coaching youth sports.

Favorite TV show: “Duck Dynasty.”

Favorite sport: Football.

Favorite music: Rock\metal.

Favorite Whitfield County restaurant: Los Reyes.

Favorite Whitfield County event: Relay for Life.

Two people (living or dead) I’d invite to dinner: My grandfather and Bruce Lee.

I’m most proud of: My children.

Pet peeve: Laziness.

If I’ve learned one thing in life, it’s: Everyone makes mistakes in life, it is how you overcome your mistakes that shows everyone who you truly are.

Who has had the most impact on my life: My wife, Jennifer Townsend.

Personal goals I have accomplished or would like to accomplish: I received my bachelor’s degree from Liberty University.

If I could have been in any profession of my choosing, I would have been a: Federal law enforcement agent.

If I could have two wishes, they would be: That my kids will be successful in life. To win the lottery!

You’d be surprised to learn that I: Am terrified of probably one of the smallest bugs, a tick.