C. Jack Ellis and Robert Reichert each have their own visions for the future of Macon-Bibb. One common topic they both talk about a lot is cutting the crime rate.
The charter for the new government names the sheriff as the 'top cop,' meaning the mayor will no longer have control over law enforcement, but both candidates say they still plan to have a hand in fighting and preventing crime.
Before the September election, Ellis told Katelyn Heck and Randall Savage, "I don't want to build $15 million juvenile detention centers. I want to build $15 million recreation centers and $15 million schools, and things of that nature where we can prevent crime, rather than locking people up."
When asked the same question, Reichert said, "There's an opportunity to collaborate. What do you do with some of the youth programs like the police athletic league, like the DARE program, like the GREAT program to steer young people away from gangs and drugs and violence? That's where we can work with the sheriff."
13WMAZ took a look at both of their track records for reducing crime while in office.
In 2000, Ellis' first year in office, there were about 1,000 fewer crimes reported in the city than the year before. That's an 8 percent drop.
Ellis says that's due to his initiatives like after school programs, helping teens find jobs, and community policing.
"We got police in the city, in the streets, getting to know people on their streets, not just riding through every now and then, but really getting out of their cars and getting to know people in the streets. That's very critical if you're going to have good police relations," says Ellis.
The crime rate continued to drop during both Ellis' and Reichert's administrations, mirroring the national trend of lower overall crime rates.
From 2000 until 2007, the average number of crimes reported was around 10,500. Throughout Reichert's first five years in office, there was an average of just over 8,000 reported crimes. The 2013 numbers have not been calculated yet.
Though the rates are dropping, there have been a few high-profile cases. During Reichert's administration, a string of shootings in 2011 left four teens injured and one dead.
After tha happened, Reichert held an emotional press conference at City Hall to present his plan to reduce teen violence. It included new job training opportunities and partnerships with the school system, faith community, and other organizations.
Reichert says he later helped develop career coaches for Bibb County ninth graders by partnering with WorkforceDevelopmentand expanded programs like the Police Athletic League.