Gwinnett County, Georgia
Beat the HEAT
“Racing for Education”
Sheriff R. L. “Butch” Conway
Serving as the Sheriff of Gwinnett County, GA since 1997, Butch Conway has consistently taken positive steps to enhance and improve the function of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department. His efforts have elevated the department to be viewed as one of the the top agencies in the state of Georgia, and has become a well respected department on a national level. With a law enforcement career dating back to 1973, he certainly possesses the skills and experience to encourage his staff to be the best they can be, and continue the respect for law he has nurtured through his career.
Outside of his duties as Sheriff, Butch Conway is devoted to helping his community through multiple charities and projects. He is an annual supporter of The Special Olympics, and in 2007 he participated in a motorcycle charity ride from Alaska to Florida that raised over $50,000 for Special Olympics Athletes. He also runs multiple fund raising activities for Relay For Life- Cancer Awareness. He has served on the board of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Initiative, The Anti-Graffiti Coalition, and has chaired the Drug Free Workplace Committee of the Georgia Association of Police Chiefs.
His most passionate program to date involves his love of animals. He recently created a program which gives animals from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter a "Second Chance" at life by removing them prior to being euthanized and pairing them with inmates at the county jail. The inmates learn how to train the dogs, care for their well-being, and the program seeks to find them a suitable home. The Second Chance program also has a positive effect on the inmates as it teaches them responsibility and respect for others.
In 2010, Sheriff Conway assembled a team of volunteers to establish the Gwinnett County, GA - Beat the HEAT Chapter, which is based on the principles of the national Beat the Heat, Inc. program.
Each member of the team donates their time, resources, and ideas to furthering the cause of educating their community's youth about the dangers of Illegal Street Racing. They travel to shows, schools, and other local events to share their message of encouraging safe driving habits, and also travel to race tracks to show that they know how to race the right way...on the track, and not the street.
Each member of the team brings a unique set of their own skills, which all combine together to create a recipe for success. Led by Sheriff Conway's example, the team continues to drive forward towards making a difference.