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Tommy Cunningham Wants to Stay Sheriff

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- The candidates still in the running for Monday's interim sheriff appointment by the Madison Commission are Sammy Britt, Tommy Cunningham and John Lewoczko.

Currently, Tommy Cunningham holds the interim sheriff position, and he says he's looking to stay.

"They want me to stay because they feel like I'm the best qualified person to make the Sheriff's office run smoothly," Cunningham said.

With the temporary ouster, then retirement of David Woolfork in February, Cunningham became the acting sheriff by statute because of his position as chief deputy.

He has been a deputy for four decades and said there's no reason for another person to come in for only five months.

"I believe, since Sheriff Woolfork has left office, then, if I am not appointed there is going to be two changes, then, there would be another person. That's three, " Cunningham adds, "Then, the Sheriff would be four."

In his five weeks in charge, Cunningham has already made several changes such as transferring financial administrator, Rose Cash, and taking away ten take-home cars for supervisors and administrators, one of which is his wife's car who works at the Penal Farm.

"I looked at it and we felt like the cost outweighed the benefit, and that just happened to be one of the vehicles." Cunningham said about his wife's car.

Commissioners will meet Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.