Tim Carroll, former chief of detectives for the city of Chattanoooga Police, said Friday he has decided not to run for sheriff.
He said, "Contrary to a recent media article, I have not officially announced my intentions to run for sheriff in 2014, but seriously explored the possibility. The article was based on my filing an appointment of a campaign treasurer with the Hamilton County Election Commission, a requirement for any potential candidate to run for an elected office. However, I was never contacted to verify if in fact I was running.
"I want inform you that I have decided not to run at this time for the Office of Hamilton County Sheriff in 2014. This has not been an easy decision for me as I have worried about it, prayed about it, and discussed it in length with my family, friends, and supporters.
"There is no doubt that I am qualified and have the experience to be a viable candidate for the office of sheriff. There would be no greater honor than to take my experience and accomplishments and provided the citizens of Hamilton County professional law enforcement services and continue with my public service in public safety.
"A recent poll conducted regarding my potential running for sheriff as a Republican candidate indicates to me that the citizens of Hamilton County are satisfied with Sheriff Hammond’s job performance and desire to re-elect him to office.
"I have personally informed Sheriff Jim Hammond of my intentions of not running. I wish Sheriff Hammond and the other Republican candidate Hamilton County Sheriff Sergeant Chris Harvey the very best with their campaigns.
"I want to thank all my friends and colleagues for their time and support, their prayers, and trust in me. I hope everyone all understand my decision not to run at this time. We will see what the future holds for me and my family and will surely consider seeking office in the future."