By David Dawson
JACKSON — The staff at the Gibson County correctional facility knows what to expect when they see the gleam in Paul Thomas’ eye.
They know that Thomas, the Gibson County Sheriff, has been thinking about something — or more accurately, praying about something — and that he’s likely got a big idea in mind.
“My staff has a real love-hate relationship with me,” joked Thomas, “because I get up about four o’clock every morning, and I do a lot of reflection, a lot of reading … And some mornings, I will come into the office about eight o’clock and I’ll say, ‘I’ve got an idea,’ and they all will say, ‘Oh my gosh, what does he have now?’ ”
Since being elected sheriff in 2014, Thomas, a member of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, has indeed come up with numerous new ideas, almost all of which are related to his desire to positively impact the lives of the inmates at the Gibson County facility.
Whether it’s establishing a highly successful re-entry program, hosting a one-night revival or feeding the inmates an Easter meal — on his dime, no less — Thomas is continually looking for opportunities to better the lives of the inmates. And, whenever possible, introduce them to Jesus. [Read more…]