A veteran sergeant made history Wednesday when she became the first black woman promoted to lieutenant at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
A veteran sergeant made history Wednesday when she became the first black woman promoted to lieutenant at the Rutherford County Sheriffs Office.Lt. Tara Corder will supervise the second shift at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. She is the highest ranking black woman supervisor in the department history.She is a very competent and qualified officer who goes above and beyond the call of duty, Sheriff Robert Arnold said. She takes pride in her job and tries to instill those qualities in other people. She is an asset to the Sheriffs Office.An executive board interviewed several candidates for lieutenant and recommended Corder. Arnold agreed with the recommendation and promoted her.As a classification sergeant, she determined the proper housing of inmates and recommended transfers to the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center.Detention Center Commander Tommy Thompson described Corder as highly qualified. She has done a good job networking with other agencies in classification, including the state of Tennessee and the Correctional Work Center, he said. She will be an outstanding manager.Lt. Corder joined the Sheriffs Office in 1998. She previously supervised employees in the Booking Division as corporal and sergeant prior to overseeing classifications. Im ecstatic, Corder said. Im looking forward to this new challenge with the great team on second shift.She is a graduate of Union City High School and Dyersburg State Community College. She is scheduled to finish her bachelors degree in criminal justice next year at Penn Foster University.