MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A veteran police officer announced Friday that he has decided to run for the District 17 seat on the Rutherford County Commission during the upcoming elections slated for later this year.
Matthew Roe, who is an officer with the Murfreesboro Police Department, is hoping to unseat longtime Commissioner Jeff Phillips, who has served on the governing body since 2002.
In announcing his candidacy, Roe said he has watched as Rutherford County has enjoyed economic development and prosperity in recent years and “wants to continue that growth through fiscal conservatism.”
Roe has been with Murfreesboro police since 2008. Prior to his role as a Murfreesboro officer, Roe worked for the public safety department with the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority for four years.
Roe, who is a graduate of Bethel University, said he has been blessed to interact with Murfreesboro residents on a daily basis and he hopes to have the opportunity to take their ideas to the commission level with the goal of continuing to improve Rutherford County.
In addition to working as a full-time police officer, Roe is in the process of earning his master’s degree and serves as president of the Local Fraternal Order of Police Chapter 54.
-- Marie Kemph, firstname.lastname@example.org