The Blount County Sheriff’s office handed out 29 promotions at a ceremony at the Blount County Justice Center.
Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said the promotions took effect on April 1, with the ceremony taking place May 11. It had been at least five years since the last promotions ceremony, said Berrong.
“These men and women have worked hard through the years for the county, and, with the effort they’ve made through years, we wanted to have a public ceremony and recognize them for their accomplishments and achievements,” Berrong said.
Berrong said that with the tight budgets and tough economy over the recent years, the promotions had been delayed, some for a number of years. “It got to the point that, because we have to have a minimum mandatory number of supervisors working, some were working 14 days straight,” Berrong said. “It was too demanding on the existing supervisors, so it was time to look at promotions. We were stretched very thin. We held off on these promotions for a number of years, but it got to the point it was counter productive for supervisors because they were worn out from working so many continuous days. We were in a position where it could expose us to safety and litigation issues.”
The sheriff said each of the positions filled were open positions. “We had people in place to make promotions that will affect the future for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office for many years to come,” he said.
Promoted to Corporal were:
Promoted to Sergeant were:
Promoted to Lieutenant were:
Promoted to Captain were: