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Three Sheriff's Office employees were promoted and a fourth employee was transferred to lead another division.

Sheriff Robert Arnold says Warrants Maj. Guy Goff was transferred to lead the School Resource Officers Division after the retirement of Maj. Jacoby O'Gwynn.

Sheriff Arnold promoted Capt. Terry McBurney to major over warrants, records and evidence, Lt. Nathan Pagel of the Office of Professional Responsibility to captain over warrants, records and evidence and Interstate Crime Enforcement Sgt. Shawn Applegate to legal adviser and lieutenant over the Office of Professional Responsibility.

"Maj. Goff is a former sheriff of White County and served as an SRO with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office for eight years," Sheriff Arnold said. "I believe he will be an excellent fit for the position."

Capt. McBurney worked hard serving as captain over civil and criminal warrants.

"He has the experience to take command," Sheriff Arnold said.

Capt. Pagel started the Office of Professional Responsibility for the Sheriff's Office.

"This is a good opportunity to advance his leadership skills in warrants, records and evidence," Sheriff Arnold said.

Lt. Applegate will give legal advice and handle the Office of Professional Responsibility.

"He became an attorney in 2014," Sheriff Arnold said. "This will be an opportunity for him to serve the Sheriff's Office as an adviser with a strong background in law enforcement."

Maj. Goff began his law enforcement career as a deputy at the White County Sheriff's Office. He was promoted to sergeant and chief criminal investigator before serving as sheriff from 1998-2002. He joined the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office as an SRO in 2002, serving at Oakland High School for five years.

He served as jail administrator and major over warrants, records and evidence. He is married to Becky Goff, a teacher at Wilson Elementary School.

Maj. McBurney joined the Sheriff's Office in 1999 as a detention deputy. He worked in civil warrants and as a corporal in booking. He left the Sheriff's Office in 2008 but returned in 2010 as a sergeant, then lieutenant and captain in the warrants division.

He graduated from the Northwestern University's Police Staff and Command School. He attended MTSU.

Capt. Pagel volunteered as a reserve deputy for the Maury County Sheriff's Office before becoming a Sheriff's Office park ranger for 4,000 acres of parks in Maury County. He joined the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office in 2003 where he served as a patrol deputy, field training officer and a domestic violence detective.

He was the first Office of Professional Responsibility supervisor where he handled background checks, internal investigations and complaints from citizens. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2012. He is a member of the Recruiting Board of the National Association of Internal Affairs and runner-up as Investigator of the Year in 2014.

Lt. Applegate joined the Sheriff's Office in 1999 as a patrol deputy and joined the Interstate Crime Enforcement Unit two years later. He was promoted to ICE sergeant seven years ago where he worked with K-9 Jett. The ICE unit won several national awards.

He graduated second in his class from the Nashville School of Law in 2014 and passed the bar exam two months later. He is a graduate of Marantha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisc. He was named Officer of the Year in 2014 for a traffic stop leading to an arrest of a suspect of a double murder in 1998 in Minneapolis.

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