March 19, 2014 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sheriff names new Chief Deputy
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong announced today that Assistant Chief Deputy Jeffery R. French will take over the duties as Chief Deputy effective today.
Chief French replaces Chief Deputy Ron Dunn, who retired December 31, 2013.
"I did not come to this decision lightly," Sheriff Berrong said. "It was a tough decision, and there were some well-qualified candidates who expressed interest in this position. With his years of experience as the Sheriff's Office budget director, as well as his more recent responsibilities as chief over administration and the corrections facility, Chief French is a solid choice to help guide this agency into the future. I am very proud of him, and I know he will fill this leadership role with reverence for our employees and the community."
Chief French began his career at the Sheriff's Office in February 1996 as the agency's budget director. In 2002, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Deputy of Administration. In 2012, Chief French's responsibilities were expanded to include adult and juvenile corrections.
"I am humbled that Sheriff Berrong has this much confidence in me," Chief French said. "Sheriff Berrong has a vision and the strength to lead the Blount County Sheriff's Office to be the top law enforcement agency in Tennessee. I am happy to help him achieve that goal, but I couldn't have done it without the support and guidance of my predecessors - Chief Don Boring, Chief Tony J. Crisp, and Chief Ron Dunn. Their leadership and teachings have molded and prepared me to be the new Chief Deputy."
Former Sheriff's Office Chief Deputies Don Boring, Tony J. Crisp and Ron Dunn were in attendance today for the announcement, as was Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell.
Chief French is a member of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Government Finance Officers Association, and the American Correctional Association. He is also the current president of the Blount County Drug Court Foundation. He is a member of East Maryville Baptist Church. He and his wife Julie and their four children reside in Maryville.
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