Exchange Club Public Safety Chair Regenia Wells (left) and Captain Wingate Whitley (right) present Deputy Chris Spradley with the Exchange Club’s Deputy of the Year award.

Exchange Club Public Safety Chair Regenia Wells (left) and Captain Wingate Whitley (right) present Deputy Chris Spradley with the Exchange Club’s Deputy of the Year award.

TIFTON — The Exchange Club of Tifton 2019 Deputy of the Year is Deputy Chris Spradley, a deputy with the traffic division of the Tift County Sheriff’s Office, according to a press release.

Spradley joined the department in April of 2018 as a patrol deputy. His ambition all along was to obtain a position within the traffic division. He distinguished himself by his attention to detail and self-determination.

Regenia Wells, Exchange Club public safety chair joined Captain Wingate Whitley of the Tift County Sheriff’s Office, to present the award.

In February of this year, after completing all of the necessary classes and receiving numerous certifications, Spradley moved over to the traffic division. The completion of this process was very time consuming, and Spradley was often working on completing courses during his time off from the department.

Since joining the traffic division just four months ago, Spradley has worked over 800 violations and made 36 arrests. It is not just about writing tickets for him. He strives to make the roadways safer for the motoring public.

Whitley said that Spradley readily accepts any tasks that are asked of him and is a valued member of the department. He is held in high regard not only by the administration, but also by his peers. Spradley balances his job and family well. Spradley is married to Melissa and they have two daughters, Anna and Skylar.

After receiving the award, Spradley said, “I love my job and serving this community. It is genuinely my passion and I never dread getting up to go to work.”

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