Sheriff Suspended With No Pay

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Mugshot from Grayson County Detention Center in Leitchfield, KY

Davidson County Chancellor Bill Young has suspended Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold - without pay - pending the outcome of his February 2017 federal JailCigs trial. The ruling came down Monday (11/14/2016) afternoon in the civil ouster suit filed by 12 Rutherford County residents.

This means that Arnold will no longer receive his $127,078 per year salary while in a Kentucky jail awaiting trial.

You'll recall the sheriff had his bond revoked in late September after a judge found "sufficient evidence" that Arnold intentionally harassed his wife after an alleged Labor Day night incident.


Sheriff Arnold faces a 14 count federal indictment on February 7, 2017 in Nashville.

The 14-count indictment charges Arnold, Joe Russell (Chief Deputy of Administration at the Sheriff's Office) and John Vanderveer (Arnold's uncle) with honest services fraud; mail fraud; wire fraud; bribery concerning federal programs; extortion under color of official right; obstruction of justice; and conspiracy.


Deputy Chief Randy Garrett has been running the day-to-day operations of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office while Arnold is jailed.

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