Rhoades submits candidate petition for sheriff

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Dusty Rhoades

Interim Sheriff Dusty Rhoades hands his petition to be a candidate for sheriff to Williamson County Election Commission Chief Deputy Director Evelyn Watson.

Dusty Rhoades, who was appointed county sheriff in February, after the departure of Jeff Long, is now officially a candidate for the same position in the upcoming primary.

Rhoades turned his petition in to the Williamson County Election Commission at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22.

“This may seem early, but the primary is March 3.” Rhoades said. 

Also on the ballot will be Michael Spitzer running for 21st Judicial Circuit Court Judge.

Early voting for the March 3 primary will begin Feb. 12 and run through Feb. 25. The election for sheriff, county property assessor and members of the county Board of Education’s odd numbered districts is set for Aug. 6

Rhoades joined the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department on June 1, 1979. He was 23. Fleming Williams was the sheriff and the department was very small. Rhoades recalled there were three deputies on his shift and only one vehicle in operation. The other had broken down. 

“We were all in one car doing our rounds, and now we have helicopters,” he said. 

At one point in his career, Rhoades considered transferring to a larger law enforcement agency.

“Now look at us,” he said. “We have three helicopters and hundreds of deputies. We see something new every day. The world and Williamson County is a changing place.”

Rhoades says that the sheriff’s department is in good shape and a lot of good things are happening thanks to good leadership.

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have ideas to continue the trend.

 “I would like to leave my own stamp on the office,” he said.

Carole Robinson may be contacted at crobinson@williamsonherald.com.

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