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Jimmy "J.J." Jones
What professional and personal experiences make you the best candidate for this position?
Describe the top two challenges facing Knox County. What specific actions would you propose to address these challenges?
Re-Elect Jimmy "J.J." Jones, Knox County Sheriff
Education: Bachelor's of Science in Organizational Management from Tusculum College and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee.
Career: Knox County Sheriff's Office 33 years
Knox County Sheriff 2007-2018
Knoxville Police Department 6 years
Security of children in the Knox County School System and homelessness are two of the greatest challenges facing Knox County. Currently, there are ten less school officers in county schools than four years ago. Some officers cover as many as three schools by themselves. I propose that there be at least one officer in each Knox County School. Homelessness is also a growing problem in Knox County. Homeless camps are expanding into the county. When I was Sheriff, I used inmate labor to humanely remove these camps, and transfer individuals to areas where services are provided.
Tom Spangler Knox County Sheriff
After serving in the United States Air Force, two weeks later I began my law enforcement career at the Knox County Sheriff's Office as a corrections officer. Working my way through the ranks from patrol, patrol supervisor, narcotics officer, aviation supervisor, and the Director of the Regional Training Academy. It was a honor to assist in bringing both the Aviation Unit and the Regional Training Academy to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. I was promoted to Assistant Chief Deputy and later was named Chief Deputy and served in that capacity under two different administrations. I was appointed Interim Sheriff during what was called "Black Wednesday", the beginning of term limits in Knox County. I retired in 2009 to pursue a professional fishing career and after approximately one and a half years I was asked by Blount County Sheriff, James Berrong to lead his training division. I served as Training Director for five years leaving that position to run for Knox County Sheriff. I was overwhelmingly elected Sheriff in May of 2018 with sixty-five percent of the vote. I have forty-two years of service in law enforcement, and I am seeking re-election for my final and last term to continue to work to keep Knox County citizens safe, and I am asking for your vote.
The top challenges facing the Knox County Sheriff's Office is retention and recruiting qualified officers. I have and will continue to advocate for pay increases for our current officers to be competitive with neighboring agencies. My administration and I have and will continue to recruit from our local high schools and colleges and seek qualified lateral transfers from in and out of the State of Tennessee.
The second challenge we are facing is the continued rise in deaths from illegal drugs. I am committed to using all resources at my disposal to fight the sale and distribution of illegal drugs in Knox County.
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