Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputy Chief Bernard Salandy has accepted a job in the private sector, Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said Monday.
Salandy supervises 160 employees at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
Fitzhugh appointed Capt. Chris Fly to become Deputy Chief of the Adult Detention Center Feb. 11.
The sheriff commended Salandy for his work at the Adult Detention Center for the past two years.
"Due to his leadership, the Adult Detention Center regained state certification within five months and brought a very valued and positive philosophy to the staff at the detention center," Fitzhugh said. "His time here has been well served, and we will miss him greatly. We wish him well in his new endeavor."
Salandy said he appreciates his time with Rutherford County and will always be part of the Sheriff's Office.
"We have accomplished a few goals and there are more goals to be accomplished," Salandy said. "We always strive to be one of the best facilities in the country."
Salandy said he will miss the staff at the detention center. The employees will be in good hands with Fly, the supervisors and staff.
He served as superintendent of the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center before becoming deputy chief. Salandy worked at the Adult Detention Center 15 years before transferring to the work center in 2010.
Salandy organized faith-based programs and expanded community involvement at both the detention center and work center. The programs benefit inmate rehabilitation and successful re-entry of inmates after release.
Fly worked with Salandy at both the detention center and the Correctional Work Center and appreciates his confidence and support.
"He's left his mark on the agency," Fly said. "He reignited programs within the facility that gives inmates alternative to their old lifestyle."
With the programs and job training implemented by Salandy, some inmates were placed in transitional homes, he said. Many inmates received training that led to jobs when they were released.
"It's an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the county and the employees within the detention division and the inmates," Fly said. "Our division has collectively lined out a great vision and mission for the department. I am looking forward to maintaining and achieving goals."
Fly joined the Sheriff's Office as the Detention Division captain in January 2017.
He served as sergeant and accreditation manager for the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center where he ensured the center's compliance with the American Correctional Association's Standards.
Fly started his corrections career in April 1997 with the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center. As the assistant director, he ensured compliance with state standards, coordinated training, conducted internal investigations, handled billing and receiving, prepared the annual budget, hired employees and served as court liaison.
He received a bachelor's degree in management and human relations from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2018.
Fly graduated from the National Jail Leadership Command Academy. He is certified as a National Institute of Corrections Direct Supervisor Trainer and an auditor for the American Correctional Association.