BREAKING:Sheriff Woolfork Announces Retirement

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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.

Respectfully submitted,

David L. Woolfork

Madison County Sheriff

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