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Sheriff Robert F. Arnold
Sheriff Robert Arnold was elected Rutherford County Sheriff in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
He joined the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a correctional officer. He was promoted as a patrol deputy and a School Resource Officer. Sheriff Arnold was elected to Board of Directors of the National Sheriff’s Association in 2012.
Since being elected, Sheriff Arnold graduated from the National Sheriff’s Institute and from Sam Houston State University’s Correctional Management Large Jail Operations, (covering staffing, avoiding civil litigation and overall jail management). He graduated from the Leadership Rutherford class.
He is committed to providing Rutherford County citizens with exceptional educational opportunities for better-trained deputies. Several supervisors received advanced training and college credits at the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Ky. A detective graduated from the first Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Academy. In addition, deputies in the Transport and Civil Warrants divisions have become certified law enforcement officers.
Sheriff Arnold has sought grants and outside funding for Sheriff’s Office programs, including:
• Obtaining funds for a new communications center through the Rutherford County Emergency Communications District.
He has created and expanded more specialized units such as the:
• Criminal Intelligence and Analysis Unit to mark trends, prepare crime maps and help reduce crime.
Sheriff Arnold has opened up the operations of the Sheriff’s Office to citizens by:
• Hosting annual open houses so citizens can view the Sheriff’s Office operations.
In the Adult Detention Center, Sheriff Arnold:
• Organized the Garden of Hope where inmates grow produce used in the Detention Center kitchen. Inmates learn the skills of how to grow food to support their families in a partnership with MTSU’s Agribusiness Department. The garden is funded by donations and proceeds from recycling.
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