New Bradley sheriff official promised never to work in law enforcement again after scandal

photo Arnold Botts

When Bradley County Sheriff-elect Eric Watson announced in August that Arnold Botts would be his director of administration, he spoke proudly of Botts' law enforcement and administrative experience as a former Cleveland police chief.

Watson didn't mention a decades-old scandal that could have led to Botts' indictment had he not resigned as Cleveland police chief and promised never to work in law enforcement again.

On Friday, Watson said Botts admitted up front during his job interview he had "made some bad choices in the past."