Will Anderson, Staff January 24, 2001, Wednesday, Home Edition Copyright 2001 The Atlanta Constitution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution January 24, 2001, Wednesday, Home Edition
(DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.) -- Before being elected sheriff last year, Derwin Brown was a captain in the DeKalb County Police Department's south precinct. Tuesday, county commissioners named that building for the slain sheriff-elect. "It's fitting that we give some kind of recognition to Capt. Derwin Brown, considering the service he gave to the county and the circumstances of his horrendous and untimely death," Commissioner Jacqueline Scott said.
Brown, a 22-year DeKalb officer, was shot 11 times Dec. 15, three days before he was to be sworn in as sheriff. He had promised to clean up the department, and authorities have called the slaying an assassination.
Phyllis Brown, his widow, said she wished the jail had been named for her husband, but she said the south precinct building was "fine."
The board also named county police headquarters for longtime Chief Bobby Burgess, who was scheduled to retire this month but is staying on as acting public safety director.