The Interview: Lenn Wood


This month, The Paper publishes its Q&A with Coweta County Sheriff Lenn Wood.

Briefly describe yourself and what you do/did.

I am just like you but have a different position. What I do is try to balance the trust Coweta has placed in me and keeping the peace as sheriff of Coweta County.

Best piece of business advice you’ve received.

Judge Jack Camp told me after I started at Newnan PD years ago, “Just always do the right thing no matter what the law says.”

If I had it to do over …

I wouldn’t change anything, I have had an unbelievable career already! I wish I had finished my degree, that is my only regret. Not that I think I would have done anything different, but it would be a personal accomplishment.

You are going on an extended solo trip. What three albums and three books would you take?

Creedence Clearwater, Beach Boys and John Denver

It’s Your Ship by D.Michael Abrashoff, The Shack by William P. Young and Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn.

Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know.

I am half Japanese, my mother was a naturalized citizen from Japan.

You are hosting a dinner party for six. What five people, living or dead, would you invite and why?

Ronald Reagan because he had so much common sense.

Elvis Presley because he is Elvis Presley.

Billy Graham because he is so kind and full of grace.

Jerry Clower for the humor.

My mother because she left her home country and made a home here, raised eight children and still always had a smile.

Name an as yet unfulfilled dream.

Playing a musical instrument.

If you weren’t doing what you are, you would be …

A psychologist. I love listening to people and helping if I am able.

Your go-to food.

Prime Rib steak and potatoes.

Favorite movies(s) … 

The Big Chill,

All the Smokey and the Bandits movies.

Dogs or cats? Dogs mainly but cats too if no dogs.

Your favorite quote and why?

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13” This is what gets me through each day and hopefully keeps me humble. I can’t do anything without help.

Name something that you are extremely glad you did or accomplished.

Served as a School Resource Officer. To see the kids that were at the schools, when I served there, now as adults and talk to them and they tell me the impact I had on them and I didn’t even know it.

What advice would you give your younger self just starting out on their own?

Life is not what you make of it. It is how you handle it, so enjoy and smile – it will always get better.

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