On May 10, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones (left) spoke to the Auburn Lions Club about the functions of the sheriff’s office. The office is one of the largest in the state and depends on public support to do its job well. Sheriff Jones gave credit to his staff for doing a good job and gaining public support. He has 172 employees, and about half are former deputy sheriffs with valuable experience. The Justice center (jail) holds as many as 435 inmates and provides employment for 60 employees. The sheriff’s office provides mental health counseling for criminal offenders. It also provides counseling for the 10,000 students in Lee County schools. There has been a recent spike in killing and home invasions. Sheriff Jones urged the importance of not letting homes and cars appear to be empty or abandoned. Pictured with Sheriff Jones is Auburn Lions Club Secretary Joe Day.