Rutherford Co. Sheriff’s Office administrative chief, detective major placed on administrative leave

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WKRN) – The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has placed two employees on administrative leave.

Administrative Chief Deputy Joe Russell and Detective Maj. Bill Sharp have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending outcome of investigations currently underway.

It is unclear at this time if the leave is related to the TBI investigation of Sheriff Robert Arnold, who lists e-cigarettes sold to inmates in the Rutherford County jail as a source of income.

The sheriff said he doesn’t believe it’s a conflict of interest, but is considering killing the program.

Russell is also listed as a co-owner of Jail Cigs, the company owned by Sheriff Arnold’s aunt and uncle.

On Thursday, the Rutherford County Ethics Committee voted to allow the district attorney to investigate allegations made against the sheriff.

Residents behind the complaint want Sheriff Arnold removed from office. Some attending the meeting told News 2 that it’s important for the community to meet and discuss whether this is ethical behavior.

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