BREAKING:Sheriff Woolfork Announces Retirement
JACKSON, Tenn.-Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork announced his retirement at a news conference held early Wednesday afternoon.
In a letter to the citizens of Madison County, Woolfork says:
To the citizens of Jackson-Madison County, it is with mixed emotions that I submit this letter of retirement. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Madison County as your sheriff for almost 20 years.
I have been a law enforcement officer for the past 42 years, spending the last 36 years here in Madison County. In 1972-1977, I served with the Humboldt Police Department.
In November 1977, I began my employment with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy. In 1982, I was promoted to sergeant in the patrol division, and later in the same year, reassigned to the Criminal Investigations Division.
I was first elected to the office of sheriff in Madison County in 1994; Re-elected again unopposed in 1998; re-elected in 2002; re-elected in 2006; and re-elected for a 5th term in 2010.
In 2002, I was elected by my peers to serve as the President of the TN Sheriffs’ Association.
Under my leadership we changed the image of the sheriff’s office in a positive way:
• In 1998, built the J. Alexander Leech Criminal Justice Complex after over 20 years of debating the proposal of building a new jail;
• Hiring over 100 officers to work the jail in corrections;
• Of the 232 budgeted employees, I hired all but 21;
• Increased court security;
• Assigned the first School Resource Officers (SRO) to work within the school system;
• Increased the staffing of the Criminal Investigations Division by creating a violent crimes unit and property crimes unit in that division;
• Increased the Metro Narcotics Unit; and
• Increased the Patrol Division.
My goal since first elected in 1994, has always been to leave the Madison County Sheriff’s Office better than I found it. With the help of a very professional staff, I believe we have accomplished that.
David L. Woolfork
Madison County Sheriff
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