Hi, my name is Jerry Grubb and I am a candidate for Sevier County Sheriff. I have been inspired by several past incidents involving the current administration of the Sevier Sheriff's Department to be a candidate for Sheriff. Basically the incumbent was running for a very important office unopposed and after finding out there was no competition, I decided at the last moment to do this. I have identified many serious incidents of gross negligence, malfeasance and unlawful conduct of this administration and I feel like there needs to be someone to step up and try to make a change. I know what I am up against, and there are and have been better people than me to take on this challenge. However, at this time I feel like I am the only viable candidate to oppose the incumbent.
I have always voted as a republican and I consider myself to be conservative not just about politics, but about everything I do. I am not a politician, and have no desire to become a politician. The incumbent has money, political support, family, friends and has lived in Sevier County all his life. It is no secret there is a good ole boy network here in Sevier County and a lot of people belong to it or their friends and relatives do.
In contrast, I am not native to this county but I have lived and worked here for 20 years. I have no political ties or political agenda in this county. I have no family except my wife, two sons, a daughter, daughter-in-law, and a two year old granddaughter and I hope to find I have many friends as a result of this election. As a tactical move I decided to run as an Independent Candidate in order to stay on the ballot until the general election. A lot of things can happen between now and the general election.
Politics may be a factor in this county, but as far as I am concerned, the factor does not involve me and should not involve the office of Sheriff. The county commissioners' and mayor's office, takes up enough for this county's political agenda, time and effort without anyone else interfering. I will not participate in any political agenda and only work as Sheriff as if I were running a business, building a house or raising children.
The important things I see in running the Sheriff 's department are:
1. The U.S. Constitution
2. The Tennessee Statutes
3. An effective and conservative budget
4. An administration that will assure service and not just law enforcement to the citizens
5. Officer protection including fair pay and incentives for deputies
6. Assure all officers are equipped and trained with established performance standards and qualifications.
7. Establish an EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) program for competitive hiring, provide
incentives, and upgrade quality of personnel and services.
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