Guyton’s public safety director, Kelphie Lundy, is a Bulloch County native who has lived in the county all his life, and hopes to give back to his community by helping grow business and increase youth activities if he is elected to the Bulloch County Commission Seat 2A.
The long-time law enforcement officer is joined by candidates Gerald Fleming, Jimmy Hayes and Curt Deal in seeking the seat to be vacated by current commissioner Caroline Etheridge, who did not run for reelection.
Lundy worked for over 13 years with the Statesboro Police Department, “at which time I worked my way up through the ranks as a patrol officer, corporal, detective and watch sergeant supervisor,” he said. “I also worked for the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office for one and a half years as a deputy.”
He currently serves as the Director of Public Safety for Guyton, supervising both police and fire departments. He has held that position for the last year. He also holds certification as a registered volunteer firefighter with the Guyton Fire Department.
Lundy said if elected, he hopes to work with the Development Authority of Bulloch County in efforts to bring more business and employment opportunities into the county.
He would also like to work towards growing Mill Creek Regional Park and Splash in the Boro, following the paths of current and past commissioners to continue development of new and lucrative ideas for the park, he said.
More youth activities and programs are on his agenda as well, he said.
Paving dirt roads, pay raises for county employees and a focus on public safety are also areas he would like to explore, he said. He added he looks forward to “working together with the other commissioners to make sound decisions”
Lundy said he is a proven leader. “I’m running because I can bring honesty, integrity and professionalism to the citizens of Bulloch County,” he said. “With my professional experience and leadership, I will be a great asset to the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners office and staff. I want the citizens of Bulloch County to have a servant that he or she can feel comfortable coming to express their concerns or any improvements they would like to see take place in this great community.”
Lundy graduated from Statesboro High School in 1997. He graduated from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police School in March 2015 and is currently enrolled at Columbus State University, pursuing a criminal justice degree.
He is father to three daughters and one son and is a member of Johnson Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Portal.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.