By Ginny LaRoe Staff Writer
Getting the jail recertified, changing the management structure of the sheriff's office and getting the office accredited are key for Andy Derryberry, Republican candidate for Hamilton County sheriff.
"The next sheriff is going to have a lot on their plate for a number of reasons," Mr. Derryberry, 47, said as he greeted supporters at his campaign headquarters opening party Thursday.
He said he would coordinate with judges, county commissioners and the county mayor to develop a comprehensive plan to alleviate the Hamilton County Jail's "systemic problems."
Mr. Derryberry was Sheriff John Cupp's chief deputy for more than a year before resigning over what he called "managerial differences."
Sheriff Cupp has not appointed a second in command, saying he will wait until after the election.
Mr. Derryberry faces Sheriff Cupp in the May 2 county primary.
Hank DeArman and Billy Long qualified for the Democratic primary. Anthony Chatman did not meet state qualification requirements but has filed a Chancery Court lawsuit seeking to be placed on the ballot. Independent Dave Alverson will be on the Aug. 3 general election ballot.
Mr. Derryberry, originally from Lewisburg, Tenn., said he has 21 years of law enforcement experience. He said he served 16 years as a senior special agent with the Tennessee Valley Authority's office of inspector general and as a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent.
Supporter Steve Austin, who attended the party, said he supports Mr. Derryberry because of his honesty and integrity.
"Andy is not going to compromise himself for gain," the Signal Mountain business owner said.
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