Bobby Dodd won't seek Hamilton County sheriff's seat

Bobby Dodd won't seek Hamilton County sheriff's seat

February 1st, 2014 by Beth Burger in Local Regional News

Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd is shown in a 2012 photo. Dodd and most of his command staff have announced their retirements. Some believe a city police pension system that encourages early retirement affects chiefs' length of time in the job.

Photo by Staff File Photo/Times Free Press.

Former Chattanooga police chief Bobby Dodd announced Saturday that he has decided not to run for Hamilton County sheriff.

"After a great deal of thoughtful consideration and discussions with my family, I have made the decision not to participate in the upcoming race. I am incredibly grateful to all of those who showed their support for me in this venture," Dodd wrote in a Facebook status update.

Dodd, who worked at the police department for 26 years, retired in December. He picked up qualifying papers days after retiring and began a private security job as director of security for ERMC.

" I am currently enjoying more time with family as well as a slightly slower pace of life," Dodd said in his post. "Again, I cannot adequately express my gratitude for your friendship and support."

Candidates have until Feb. 20 to qualify for the sheriff's race. So far, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond has announced that he is seeking re-election. Also, a sergeant at the sheriff's office, Chris Harvey, is challenging him in the Republican primary on May 6.