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Another official resigns from Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office

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Chief Deputy Randy Garrett has been serving as sheriff while Robert Arnold is jailed. (Source: rcsotn.com) Chief Deputy Randy Garrett has been serving as sheriff while Robert Arnold is jailed. (Source: rcsotn.com)
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

The leadership ranks are thinning at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

Randy Garrett, who has been the acting sheriff since his boss Sheriff Robert Arnold was jailed, will retire Dec. 17.

Earlier this month, Garrett was in the awkward position of testifying at Arnold's ouster hearing.

Garrett's retirement will leave Deputy Chief Keith Lowery in charge. He has been the third in command.

Garrett's departure is the latest personnel change this month in a department turned upside down by scandal.

The indicted and jailed Sheriff Arnold was suspended.

His indicted Chief Administrative Deputy Joe Russell was fired.

Major Terry McBurney was indicted and is on leave.

Garrett has been the subject of Channel 4 I-Team stories before.

In March, Channel 4 reported that Garrett summoned his own deputies to his house to deal with his violent son. No reports were ever filed.

Afterward, Sheriff Arnold defended Garrett's actions.

"We dealt with it, we dealt with it very appropriately, and dealt with the situation," Arnold said.

Months later, the sheriff did the same thing -- used his own deputies to respond to a domestic at his house. Then, prosecutors said, he covered it up. That incident landed him in jail.

Then, from his jail cell, Arnold was recorded plotting to make it look like he was still doing his job while in jail.

Arnold and McBurney discussed on the phone how Arnold should talk to Garrett every day, and they should find papers on Garrett's desk that the sheriff can sign.

“If I'm signing it, it shows that I'm still doing my stuff," Arnold told McBurney on the recorded call.

Garrett was hired by Arnold when he took office in 2010.

Before that, Garrett was at the Murfreesboro Police Department where he was in trouble for meddling in another son's DUI stop.

Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess said Garrett’s departure will not affect the time line for choosing an interim sheriff. The county commissioners are expected to name an interim in mid-January.

So far, 18 people have picked up application packets for the job. They have until Dec. 23 to turn them into the POST commission for review.

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