Wednesday, July 2, 2014

When running for office you hear many rumors about yourself. Some are laughable, some are totally off the wall, and then there are some that have to be addressed ASAP. Today I heard one that is all three of these. I was told by a friend that a Soddy-Daisy police officer told her he could not support me because, if elected, I want to get rid of the Soddy Daisy Police Department. Seriously? How does that work? How does a county commissioner go about getting rid of an independent municipality's police force? Who would give a commissioner the authority to do it?  

I have never had a conversation with anyone about Soddy Daisy Police Department, ever. As a matter of fact, if someone can tell me who said they heard me say I wanted to get rid of the Soddy Daisy Police Department, I will write a $100 check to a school or charity of their choice.

The police officer who  told my friend this should know better. He does not have to support me or even like me, but, at least he needs to make his decision based on facts and not lies. 

Once again, let me make myself clear, a commissioner has absolutely no jurisdiction over a municipality's police force. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar.

Rhonda Thurman

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