Chief Administrative Officer at Rutherford County Sheriff's Office has been on paid leave since April

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Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold was on WGNS Wednesday and the subject of JailCigs was brought up by a caller...

Another caller asked how long the Sheriff's Administrative Chief Joe Russell would be on paid leave. The Sheriff responded...


Public Information Officer Lisa Marchesoni confirmed that Administrative Chief Deputy Joe Russell and Det. Major Bill Sharp remain on administrative leave with pay. They have now been on paid leave since April 24, 2015 (to date: 4/24/2015 - 6/17/2015).


The controversy involving Russell is believed to be in regards to the JailCigs Company. Russell, Sheriff Arnolds next door neighbor, reportedly co-owns JailCigs and was said to have worked on company matters while at the Sheriff's office. JailCigs sells an electronic cigarette that is offered exclusively to county inmates. The company was allowed to sell the electronic cigarettes to inmates without any sort of a bid process. The company is also co-owned by Arnolds aunt and uncle John and Judy Vanderveer.

Meanwhile, Sharp was reportedly operating a business while at the Sheriff's Office. The business is called, "Sharp Training and Consulting." Post Contributor Sam Stockard wrote in an April 17, 2015 article, "Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective Maj. Bill Sharp sent dozens of emails to and from his sheriff's office account for a year and a half to operate a private training and consulting company -- many of them for sheriff's-sponsored events."

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