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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Veteran law enforcement officer Dale Armour announced Tuesday he has decided to enter the race for Rutherford County sheriff as an independent candidate.

“I am running as an independent because, as a professional law enforcement officer, it is crucial to operate free, outside of political influence,” Armour said. “My extensive experience and conservative values will allow me to protect the citizens of this county.”

Armour is the fourth candidate to announce his plans to challenge Sheriff Robert Arnold for the post, though he is the first to decide against stepping into partisan politics and compete in the Republican or Democratic primaries in May.

He started his law enforcement career as a patrol officer and field-training officer for the Murfreesboro Police Department in 1979.

From 1986, the same year that he left the department, Armour worked as a special investigator for the Tennessee Highway Patrol for the next 10 years. He later joined the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as a special agent, a position he has held for nearly 20 years.

In recent years, Armour has served as a member of the fugitive task force for the U.S. Marshal’s Service and violent crimes task force for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“I strongly encourage every citizen to take a look at all of the candidates in this race,” said Armour, who has apprehended more than 1,000 criminals during his career in law enforcement. “I encourage you to look at their experience and look at what they stand for. In doing this, I am confident that you will see that I am the most qualified candidate in this race.”

He pointed out that the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently ranked Tennessee as the most violent state in the nation, and Rutherford County needs a seasoned professional to address that issue in the coming years.

“As sheriff, I will put my more than 30 years of law enforcement experience to work to make Rutherford County a safer place to live,” he said. “The people of Rutherford County deserve to have a sheriff who will run the Sheriff’s Office fairly, efficiently, and ethically. I will be that sheriff.”

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February 05, 2014 at 3:51pm
This dude has my vote. Now let's get tropical!
February 06, 2014 at 8:54pm
I think Dale Armour is sending a good message with his decision. If there is any job that should be approached as unbiased as possible, it is a sheriff. With all the negative media police have been getting over the years, it is good to see an official who thinks that its is important to stay impartial. In fact I do not see a reason why public officials, like a sheriff, should show a political affiliation. People shouldn’t base a vote for their sheriff based off of a political standpoint, especially since their job has nothing to do with the a political party. In the end it’s up to the police to keep the piece. If they are going to do that in a fair and just manner, then they have to approach the job in an unbiased mindset. That alone for anybody is difficult, but if the person who is in charge has that mindset, then hopefully it will help keep the rest in line. Hopefully when it is time to elect a new sheriff people will research the independent and look past political affiliation to decide who is truly right for the job. I guess only time will tell though.
February 11, 2014 at 6:27pm
I second both. Jackie Moon, first, of course.
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