From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     Last Friday, I was privileged to attend a Police Officer In-service Training Exercise held locally at the Church of the Harvest in Grimsley. Hosted by Attorney General Jared Effler and other Attorney Generals from around the region, officers from around the region participated in various exercises intended to fine tune their skills. In attendance were several area State Troopers as well as city and county deputies from Fentress, Pickett, Overton, Putman, Cumberland, Moran, Scott and Claiborne Counties. In some of the exercises, officers watched and took notes on videos of actual traffic stops, took tests on what they had watched, and were cross examined by Assistant District Attorneys and prosecutors from around the region. I was impressed by the professionalism and dedication of those in attendance. Jamestown Mayor Darlene Davis and myself were both in attendance and enjoyed the training and the meal. We appreciate General Effler and his staff’s commitment to our county and region as well as the effort put forth by our City and County Officers.

     We must always remember that these officers do indeed walk that “Thin Blue Line” that puts their life on the line each day of service. We appreciate the professionalism and dedication of these men and women as they do indeed “Serve and Protect” our community. The mistakes of one individual do not reflect the heart and soul of these heroes. Please, let’s all show our respect and love for these fine men and women for their service.

     As we move forward in naming a permanent replacement to complete the term of Sheriff for Fentress County, there will be a Special Called County Commission Meeting on Monday, May 1, at 6:00 p.m. in the large courtroom of the Fentress County Courthouse. At this public meeting, the County Commission will outline the procedures to name a replacement and invite potential candidates to speak briefly concerning their qualifications and plans. Among other requirements, any candidate must have at least three (3) years of full time experience as a peace officer and must be POST Certified (Peace Officer Standards and Training commission). A list of requirements and qualification standards will be made available to all interested parties at the meeting.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1532240418Tytnu1532240418oCsse1532240418rtneF1532240418@skci1532240418H.adn1532240418amA1532240418. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.