STATEMENT OF SHERIFF DAVID L. WOOLFORK
Yesterday afternoon, I received a text message from a friend that said in part, "Hang in there. Don't let them destroy all the good that you have done for the Madison County Sheriff's Office and the community."
I have been a law enforcement officer for the past 42 years, spending the last 36 years here in Madison County. I began my employment in 1977 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 was reassigned to the Criminal Investigations Division.
I was first elected to the office of sheriff in Madison County in 1994, and reelected again unopposed in 1998. I was reelected in 2002. In 2002, I was elected by my peers to serve as the President of the TN Sheriffs' Association. Reelected again in 2006 and in 2010 was elected again for a 5th term.
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;
• Increased court security;
• Assigned the first School Resource Officer (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.
I admit, I made some bad personal decisions, and they were just that, personal.
Several weeks ago, my family and I made the decision that I would not seek a 6th
aggressively fight these alleged charges.
Comments, Attorney Mark Donahoe.
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