Thanks for letting me serve
by Jim Ruth, Bradley County Sheriff
May 11, 2014 | 547 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As everyone knows, I lost my re-election bid last week. A Southern governor some years ago was asked to comment on the reason he lost his re-election bid. The governor quipped, “The other guy got more votes than I did.”

And so it is! A local professor told a friend of mine years ago that the winning candidate is a reflection of those voting. Given that statement, I apparently no longer reflect who the voting public is at this time.

I appreciate the opportunity to serve my community and country over the last 4 ½ decades. I remember the many individuals who have touched my life over the years with their advice, encouragement and even the rebukes of those who cared about me.

When you tally the wins and losses in my life, the wins far outweigh the losses. When you suffer loss you begin to reflect on the many good things, such as your family and close friends, good health, your skills and your character, which were years in the making.

In the coming weeks, I will turn my attention to a new phase in life. As I leave the burden of law enforcement behind, I am beginning to breathe a little easier and I am looking forward to the new day with a sense of excited anticipation.

I am concerned about the future of some very bright, well-trained supervisors. I appointed the first female director of the jail, who is doing a good job, along with others in command positions. They are worth far more than they are being paid, and they have been loyal in their service to Bradley County.

Thanks to all the employees, who do their best, 24/7, keeping Bradley County a safe place to live. I will be pulling for your continued success.

In the coming weeks, I may have more to say.

Thanks to all who have helped me!