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Webster defines Leadership as “the action of leading a group of people or an organization”. Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it”.

I mention these to say that I am the person to lead the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, not only because I believe in the Sheriff’s Office and its valued employees, but also because I have lived it.

In 1980 a career dream began in law enforcement and in 1988 the first opportunity of a promotion was afforded and to show the beginning leadership skills. Later into the career, other promotions were offered and granted, after showing what those leaders considered to be a trust not only supervising others, but to lead and manage more employees.

Two different Sheriff’s appointed me as their Chief Deputy for reasons that one would think because of the ability to supervise, mold, direct and to help build a professional agency.

Sheriff James Lee Berrong trusted in those leadership skills. He called asking that he wanted not only the experience, but leadership to command the Blount County Sheriff’s Office training function and regional training academy.

My leadership skills and experience are important to you as a citizen of Knox County, to give you the confidence and security that your Sheriff would be able to perform the job beginning day one. Knox County deserves and should demand not only a leader, but also a professional. Knox County will have both when you elect me,

Tom Spangler, as your next Sheriff of Knox County. I want to earn your trust and respect, not expect it. Live everyday with the motto I have encouraged those officers from all across the state of Tennessee that I have had the privilege to instruct “When you least expect it, expect it!”

It would be my honor to represent Knox County as your next Sheriff and am very humbled by all the encouraging words of support.