February 03, 2008
Sheriff resignation likely, would mean another special election in Hamilton County
And that would be three, y'all, in less than a year. The election to replace Ward Crutchfield was held in November 2007. The election to replace Marti Rutherford is the day after tomorrow. A special election to replace Sheriff Billy Long would be in August of this year. Are we trying to compete with Knox County or something? Where's our New York Times write-up?
I'm troubled, too, at the seeming suddenness of this story. Mr. Long has had a career in law enforcement for decades. The FBI affidavit used in his initial hearing mentioned a cooperating witness with whom the sheriff appeared to be quite familiar. You can't tell me that Billy Long suddenly became this corrupt after less than two years at his current job, nor that he acted alone. Sadly, there has to be more to this story. I just don't see any way around that.
I hope I'm wrong, and that public trust will quickly be restored. I'm almost "over the hill," though, and so I'm getting to that point where one starts to use ancient phrases about turnip trucks and so forth.
Based on totally off-the-record conversations I've had, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that there have been all kinds of shenanigans in the past, and that Long either let newfound power make him careless, or that he got suck[er]ed into ongoing schemes once he became chief.
I guess we'll see.
Its absolutely amazing how this continues to happen Joe. You hardly ever hear of Sheriffs and other law enforcement personel getting arrested in the neighboring states. In this state it happens nearly every few weeks. Back in the mid 90's the legislature tried to correct this problem by passing a bill that made it tougher to become a Sheriff but I dont think it worked. In the past three years alone the Sheriffs in Henry,Sumner,McNairy,Williamson and now Hamilton have been arrested.
Posted by: dan t at February 4, 2008 11:17 AM