James B. Griner
In the 1940s James Benjamin “Jim” Griner served as the Chief of Police in Ray City, GA (see also A Christmas Wedding for Mary Catherine Hill). But long before that he served as Deputy Sheriff of Berrien County, and in 1915 he was elected Chief of Police in Nashville, GA. He was sworn in on February 11, 1915.
Since at least 1905, Jim Griner had been working as Deputy Sheriff of Berrien County, and in 1915 he ran for the office of Police Chief of Nashville. The incumbent Police Chief was Richard McRae Rhoden. The election was a close race, and Nashville Mayor F. M. Barker cast the deciding vote for Griner.
February 19, 1915
GRINER NASHVILLE CHIEF
Mayor Cast Vote Which Defeated Rhoden
Nashville, Ga., Feb 11 – Inauguration of city officers at council chamber last night was attended by a big crowd. After much discussion, it was decided not to lower salaries of any officials.
The city electrician gets an increase in salary. Chief R. M. Rhoden and ex-Deputy Sheriff J. B. Griner were tied for chief of police, until Mayor F. M. Barker cast his vote for Griner.
John T. Griffin was elected over R. W. Tygart. Horace Sikes was elected water and light superintendent, and Austin Avera was named night policeman.
- James B. Griner Once Deputy Sheriff of Berrien County
- A Christmas Wedding for Mary Catherine Hill
- “Black John” Griner Buried at New Ramah Cemetery, Ray City, GA
- Effie Griner Bostick Dies in Key West
- Death of Sarah Griner
- Almost Gone ~ Graves of D. Edwin Griner and Sarah Rouse at New Ramah Cemetery
- Resolutions of the Berrien Minute Men
- 1922 Ray City Elections