A voice who helped those in dire need for the past decades in Polk County passed away on Saturday, leaving behind not only those who loved her, but the many citizens who she cared about in the community.
Crystal Vincent, 911 Director for Polk County for the past six years, passed away on Saturday, January 28 after an extended illness.
She was just 46 years old, and leaves behind her husband Curtis, son Jayden Perry, brothers and sisters, and the many thousands whose life she touched during more than two decades of service at 911.
Her career spanned 26 years in total. She was serving as 911 Director until recently, when her illness required her to take medical leave from the county.
Tandra Owens had been acting as interim director, and will continue to do so for the time being.
County officials expressed the sadness at Vincent’s loss. She was an integral part of a systemwide upgrade of radio communications that was finally completed in 2022 that allowed for public safety officials to reach 911 operators in the field no matter what corner of Polk they needed help.
“Crystal was an employee that everyone loved. She loved her job and truly cared about our county, and public safety was her great passion,” Assistant County Manager Connor Hooper said. “We ask everyone to continue to remember her husband and son, and her extended family and friends in the coming days and weeks as we all mourn her loss.”
Services are planned for Monday afternoon and arrangements are being handled by Smith and Miller Funeral Home in Cedartown.