Rutherford County appoints new interim sheriff

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Rutherford County Commission has picked a new interim sheriff.

Mike Fitzhugh was chosen for the position during a meeting Thursday night.

He was among 20 people who applied for the job, but only 12 candidates were post-certified eligible. They all made presentations to the commission Tuesday night.

Fitzhugh will take over duties for Sheriff Robert Arnold, who is suspended and in a Kentucky jail while he waits for trial in a federal corruption case.

His trial is scheduled to begin next month. Click here for complete coverage of Sheriff Robert Arnold. 

Fitzhugh will serve until the 2018 election or pending the outcome of Arnold’s case. He used to be employed by Sheriff Arnold but retired in 2013 as a captain.

Fitzhugh told News 2 he has mixed emotions about his new role; however, he’s determined to make a change for the better.

“Some people have said congratulations and I appreciate that very much. I guess, it’s mixed emotion because I find that it’s a shame that we are put in this position.”

Before he can officially take over, Fitzhugh has to be bonded and sworn in. That could happen as early as Monday.