Name: Freddie Roden
Family: Married with two children in college
Work experience: 17 years law enforcement experience. Worked for Walker County Sheriff's Office for nearly seven years and has been working for the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office for 11 years.
Freddie Roden, a lifelong Walker County resident and a current Catoosa County Sheriff's Office investigator, has announced he will run for Walker sheriff against incumbent Steve Wilson.
With 17 years of law enforcement experience, the 49-year-old Roden said he feels he is ready to take on the challenges of being sheriff.
He said his main goals are to improve the office's transparency and to create a more proactive approach to tackling burglary and theft problems in the county.
"We should be using our resources at the sheriff's office in a better way," Roden said.
Wilson has been sheriff for 16 years.
Roden, who was hired as a radio operator at the Walker County Sheriff's Office in 1986, said he has worked his way up the ranks. He now works for the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office as a detective sergeant in the criminal division.
For the last three years, Roden said, he's been working on a campaign to run for sheriff, something he's always wanted to do. He will run as a Republican, he said.
If elected, Roden said, he also would like to implement more citizen-involved programs, such as a firearms training program, a litter program and a program for deputies to check on the elderly and disabled in their homes.
"When elected sheriff, I will work to utilize the resources available at the Sheriff Office in a more efficient manner to provide more services to the citizens of Walker County," he wrote in a statement.
Joy Lukachick is a crime reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing down ...