Rutherford County Sheriff's Chief Deputy of Administration Joe Russell has been fired. This confirmed in an email from Public Information Officer Lisa Marchesoni. In the letter, Deputy Chief Randy Garrett, who is running the day to day activities, since the sheriff is in jail, told Russell that "his services were no longer required."
This comes just a day after the Tennessee State Comptroller's Office found Sheriff Robert Arnold and Russell broke a number of laws and policies. The two along with Arnold's uncle, John Vandeveer, face federal indictments concerning their involvement with JailCigs. The Comptroller's report found that both Arnold and Russell violated county purchasing policies.
The termination letter, as seen below, was brief and to the point.