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Rutherford County commissioners searching for interim sheriff

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Rutherford County commissioners have selected Jan. 12 as the date they will name an interim sheriff.

On Monday, a judge suspended indicted Sheriff Robert Arnold from his duties.

Tennessee law allows the vacancy to be filled by county commissioners. The interim sheriff will serve until the 2018 election, unless Arnold is cleared of pending criminal charges and returns to his duties.

Applicants interested in the interim position can pick up application packets at the county executives office beginning Nov. 22.

The packets must be turned in POST commission within 30 days. The POST commission will vet the candidates to see that they meet standards set by Tennessee law.

Commissioners discussed the pros and cons of selecting an interim who will not seek electing as sheriff.

Some commissioners didn’t want to give an interim sheriff unfair advantage over other candidates at election time. Others didn’t want qualified candidates to be discouraged from seeking the interim job. No decision was made on whether that would become a job requirement.

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