MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Bill Kennedy, a former Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office employee, recently announced his candidacy for sheriff.
“Servant is the highest title there is in the Bible,” Kennedy said. “Being a police servant for your community and country is a very humbling, but highly fulfilling experience, especially when serving youth.”
Kennedy said Rutherford County is facing a slew of new problems, including issues related to gang and drug activity, as a result of the tremendous growth in population.
The Middle Tennessee State University alumnus said he knows about youth and the everyday problems they face because he helped establish the School Resource Officer Division for Rutherford County two decades ago.
In 1993, Kennedy was the first school resource officer in Tennessee while serving with the Sheriff’s Office, where he attained the ranks of captain and major. Last year, Kennedy was honored in July 2013 with the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the national School Safety Advocacy Council based in Florida in honor of his efforts with the program.
Kennedy has also been awarded the Presidential Citation award from the National Association of School Resource Officers for his work in protecting Oakland High School and the capture of three wanted Laotian gang members who were wanted in connection with a murder and arson case.
“There’s nothing more satisfying to a professional law enforcement officer to help our youth turn away from destructive influences,” Kennedy said. “I know this for I’ve served students and families in every school throughout Rutherford County, and have conducted seminars for other law enforcement agencies across the state.”
In more recent law enforcement duties, Kennedy has served with the Lebanon Police Department in Wilson County, where he earned a master’s degree from Cumberland University.
Although he spends much of his time in Lebanon, the Rutherford County resident said he has wants to serve as sheriff because he “fell in love with this community as a student at MTSU” and wants to ensure the Sheriff’s Office is a “modern, financially well-managed” agency.
-- Marie Kemph, firstname.lastname@example.org