Former Murfreesboro Police Department Lieutenant Launches Campaign for Rutherford County Sheriff

Mar 01, 2022 at 06:11 am by Voice Wire

Tom Sissom, Murfreesboro Police Department Lieutenant (retired), announces his candidacy for Rutherford County Sheriff. Tom is a highly respected law enforcement professional with over three decades of honorable service with the Murfreesboro Police Department. He will be on the Republican ballot in this May’s Primary. Tom’s accomplishments include rising from patrol officer to lieutenant and overseeing dozens of fellow officers, submitting budget proposals, coordinating with local government officials for various initiatives, working within the community to improve citizen-police relations, and most importantly—making our community a safer place. 
“I’m the least political and the youngest Republican candidate for Sheriff. I strongly believe there needs to be a new Sheriff in town, and I’m ready to serve,” Sissom recently stated. 
Some of Tom Sissom’s accomplishments include:
• 34 years at Murfreesboro Police Department, retired as a Lieutenant
• Effectively lead a team of 40-45 sergeants and patrol officers daily
• Nashville School of Law graduate, Doctor of Jurisprudence
• MTSU, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration
• FBI LEEDA Training: Trilogy (Supervisor, Command and Executive 
  Leadership), Public Information Officer and Internal Affairs Investigations
• Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy
• Southeastern Command & Leadership Academy, UT Chattanooga
• Advanced Supervision, UT Martin
• Lawsuit prevention training for supervisors, UT Martin
• Response to Terrorism Training
• Search and Seizure Training
• World Outreach Church Safety Team, 22 years, Small Group Leader
• Scout Leader and Merit Badge Instructor
• Proud husband, father, and grandfather
• Numerous commendations, training, and leadership courses, etc.
Tom Sissom said, “I am a middle Tennessee native and was raised working on our family farm. I came to MTSU in the mid 80’s and decided to make Rutherford County my home because I love the people and the region.”
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has been plagued by numerous scandals and lawsuits in recent years. Tom Sissom is confident that he has the temperament, training and experience to correct and improve the Sheriff’s office at every level. From earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence at the Nashville School of Law to extensive FBI LEEDA training, his Criminal Justice Administration degree from MTSU, World Outreach Church security team member for 22+ years, and leading dozens of fellow officers on a daily basis for many years—Sissom is the most qualified candidate for Rutherford County Sheriff. 
“Every citizen should feel safe in their neighborhoods, schools, churches and businesses. One of the best ways to achieve public safety is to ensure that every deputy and employee at the Sheriff’s office and jail is properly paid, trained and fully supported—that will be job number one for me and my administration,” stated Tom Sissom.  
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Tom Sissom said, “While I am very proud of my years as a police officer, I am just as proud of my years as a Scout Leader and Merit Badge Instructor as well as being a husband, father and grandfather.”
The Rutherford County Republican Primary Early Voting period for Sheriff is April 13-28 and Election Day is May 3, 2022.
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