MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Detective Ralph Mayercik, who is a running against Sheriff Robert Arnold, has resigned from his job at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office amid an internal inquiry.
According to WGNS Radio, Mayercik said he has not seen the documents surrounding the inquiry, even though he has asked for them.
Mayercik said he was told he could have the investigative documents two hours before they are released to the media, but department officials did not specify when those would be available or what would be released.
Mayercik officially resigned from the department on Wednesday, according to officials with the Sheriff's Office.
He is the second candidate for sheriff who worked at the department to leave under similar circumstances in the past 10 months.
Former Detective Jim Tramel, who has filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office, claims he was fired because he announced plans to run for sheriff.
According to a letter of resignation obtained by WGNS Radio, Mayercik made the following statement:
“I can no longer perform my duties and work in the unstable environment under the sheriff’s control any further.”
Prior to submitting the letter, Mayercik, who worked as a detective in the Cold Case Unit, was offered a position in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
He reportedly turned that position down and requested a transfer to the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center on South Church Street. That transfer was not approved, so Mayercik resigned and reapplied for a job at the work center. He is scheduled to begin his new job there on Monday, Feb. 3.
Mayercik has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1995.
He started in the detention facility but was soon transferred to the patrol division. Mayercik began working in the Investigations Division in 2003 and joined the Cold Case Unit a few years later.