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Auxiliary Hosts 2016 Christmas Party

Our Christmas party was complete with Mr & Mrs Santa

The presents were hidden away until time for "Santa"!

Sheriff Donnie Craig helped out Santa, lots of happy kids!

Deputies and their familys enjoyed the great food and presents
as a deputy escorted the Grinch out the door.

Sheriff Donnie Craig dedicated an employee gym

Sheriff Donnie Craig is determined to make Pickens County Sheriff's Office a great place to work for those who opt to protect us. In that vein he, along with the assistance of the auxiliary unit, has recently purchased state-of-the-art gym equipment and dedicated a space within the PSO's facility for an employee gym. This will help save employees the cost of a gym membership, help them relieve stress, be more physically prepared for their jobs and make it very convenient. The Auxiliary Unit is proud that we've been able to assist in this endeavor.

Auxiliary Hosts 2015 Christmas Party for Sheriff’s Office

Auxiliary member Gary Carson and Sheriff Donnie Craig
give away door prizes at the Christmas Party December 15.

December 15 marked a special night for the employees of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office as the Auxiliary Unit hosted a party for the people who give to the citizens year-round. More than 150 employees, their families and ACES (Appalachian Children's Emergency Shelter) kids laughed, shared a meal and even got to visit with Santa.

The Wheeler House was the backdrop for the festive evening of celebration. With the flowy white drapes, decorative place settings and the chandeliers, the mood was joyful from the moment party-goers stepped through the barn door. Smiles ruled the evening as the kids received gifts from Santa and the adults mingled together in conversation.

The auxiliary unit members attended to each need, from ensuring the food serving line was running smoothly and delivering cake, to the clean-up afterwards. But not to be outdone, the ACES children stepped up to the plate and willingly moved alongside the unit members in service themselves. Moe’s was contracted to cater the event and many returned for additional helpings of the delicious food.

Local businesses donated numerous items to be enjoyed by the sheriff’s office employees who participated in door prize giveaways. The prizes ran the gamut from male-oriented to female, big to small and each was a generous prize appreciated by the recipients.

Sheriff Donnie Craig gave the proceedings over to the CID (Criminal Investigations Division) for special recognition of their achievements then he re-took the stage to give a special tribute to Court Services Deputy Richard Rambler who will be retiring this year.

After all the hoopla died down and the party had disbanded, the Auxiliary Unit will now settle into their families arms for their own personal Christmases. With visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, we want to take this time to wish you and all your families joy, peace and happiness as 2015 comes to a close. Merry Christmas!

Auxiliary Unit Enjoys Busy Autumn

Members with Commissioner Jones
11/1/2015 ~ by PCSO Auxiliary Unit - Everyone knows fall is the busy season in the mountains but did you know it's also a very busy time for the Sheriff's auxiliary unit? It has been a stellar fall for volunteering opportunities and fund-raising for the unit. With oodles of tourists plus festivals the members have been extremely busy making sure to participate in as many activities as possible to raise money for the varying needs of the sheriff’s office.

October began slow with a rained-drenched Marble Festival in Jasper October 3 and 4. Nevertheless, the auxiliary members braved the downpour and provided various services for those who were in attendance as well as support for festival vendors. During better weather, members happily provided needed services at Talking Rock's Heritage Days Festival October 17-18 where they shuttled attendees among other things.

Another opportunity for volunteering was also on October 17 where members cooked for participants in the PCSO's Gun Safety Class held at their shooting range. A special thank you is due to Shottenkirk Ford for providing food for the event.

The following Saturday the Auxiliary Unit made their presence known at the Home Depot Public Safety Day by having a booth set up to invite the public to learn more about the unit’s duties. They also provided candy, free meals and Wendy’s Frosties to the kids.

Should one wonder where the proceeds are dispensed, this month gave the unit two opportunities. The first was the Auxiliary donated to the PSO Law Enforcement Fund to help out with the startup of a new phone messaging system to be used for emergencies and incident communications. In the second, the unit provided support and care baskets to the families of the deputies who were wounded during the recent shooting incident.

The auxiliary unit is a 501(3)C organization. Any donations are tax deductible so we urge you to assist us in helping serve those who serve our community. We also welcome anyone who would like to volunteer to contact us by calling our president, Nancy Maddox, at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office (706) 253-8900. Inquiries may also be made through our webpage or our Facebook page.

Members with Sparky and Smokey at Public Safety Day

Public Safety Day

Gun Safety Class

Jeepfest 2015 was a huge success by any standard of measure as the event has grown each year since it’s been in existence. The “Crawl for the Kids” is an event to be enjoyed by the whole family, from the tiniest babe in diapers to seniors. The Pickens Sheriff’s Auxiliary Unit is one of several volunteer organizations that support the Sheriff’s Office in this event.

The Auxiliary Jeepfest Raffle is a key fund-raising event for the unit. Raffle proceeds go towards supporting the various public safety, Sheriff’s Office outreach and sheltering activities that the Auxiliary Unit supports with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office throughout the year. This year for Jeepfest, the Auxiliary worked with Moss Firearms to provide five guns for the raffle. Up for grabs was a DPMS AR-15, a Sig P938 9 mm with laser, a Glock 43, a Glock 42 and a Stainless Ruger 10-22 Takedown. With the guns on display, people flocked to the unit’s tent to ogle the coveted prizes and participate in the raffle.

Winners were announced on Saturday evening at Jeepfest and those not present for the drawing were contacted.The PCSO Auxiliary Unit would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s fund raising raffle - especially those individuals who purchased tickets. For more information about the PCSO Auxiliary Unit you may visit us online at our website or find us on Facebook by searching for Pickens County Sheriff's Auxiliary. Additional inquiries may be made at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Pickens Sheriff’s Auxiliary Unit is a non-profit organization.

Sacketts Donation Presentation

Sheriff's Explorer Post Receives Donation for Service

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 800, led by Post Commander Lieutenant Chris Leake, received a donation from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Unit for the Explorers support at Sackett’s “Stampede” Rodeo on May 1-2. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Explorers were senior officers Lieutenant Justin Morris and Sergeant Mady Hoffbauer.

Pictured below, front row (left to right) Auxiliary Past-President Ray Jackson, Sheriff Donnie Craig, Explorer Lieutenant Justin Morris, Explorer Sergeant Mady Hoffbauer, Auxiliary President Gary Carson. Second row (left to right) Explorers Cailin Ferguson, Skyler Nold, Bradley Sams, Nikolaj Trowell, Daniel Powell, Maddie Delany, Explorer advisor Deputy Scott King.
Auxiliary Unit hosts PCSO Family Picnic

Saturday, July 25th a special celebration took place in Pickens County when the Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Unit hosted a picnic for the employees and families of the sheriff’s office. Swimming, games and, of course, great food were all on the agenda. A sunny day provided the background in which about 80 people attended to enjoy the good food and good company.

During the picnic, the Auxiliary Unit presented Dr. Carlton Wilson with a plaque of appreciation and a gift certificate to 61 Main for his service to the organization. Wilson served on the auxiliary board from 2011-2015 as Vice-President and Director as well as being a founding member.

If anyone is interested in joining the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Unit, please contact President Gary Carson at or at (602) 882-7889. Or visit our website at

The 2014
Pickens County Sheriff's Office
Family Christmas Dinner
was huge success!

Santa and Mrs. Claus with helpers giving gifts to children

Sheriff Craig gives award to Officer Brandon Heath

Sheriff presenting Auxiliary Board Service Recognition to Ray Jackson

Sheriff and Chief Hall draw for door prizes

Over 200 PSO Family members attend Christmas Dinner

Over $16,000 was raised by the Gator Raffle.

Gator on display at JeepFest 2014

We also feed the volunteers everyday!

We cooked a lot of food for JeepFest

July 2014 getting the tow truck in line

Kids packed into the truck

Proudly displaying our banner

Great July 2014 Parade

We host Sheriff Employee Dinners

Our troops preparing the food

Deputies appreciate the events

Motocycle ride at Rocco's

PCSO Auxiliary Unit in Action!

If you would like to become a member of the Sheriff's Auxiliary, please
download and complete the application. A criminal background check will be required.