The bad thing that I see if 100% of every lawsuit filed against law enforcment officers are filed against those that are "state certified". It makes one wonder, IF a person is trained and certified, how is it that they constantly cost taxpayers money in defending their actions? Not one case is on file at the state of federal level where a "non-certified" peace officer has ever been sued nor ever cost the taxpayer one dime. Clearly this Bill restricts who can run for office down to a few. Case in point, who can qualify to run for road supervisor? Other than Tommy Snyder, who else can run? Therefore this law is a special interest law and could actually be challenged as unconstitutional under Art. 11 of the Tennessee Constitution.
IF the state wants to "promote professionalism" in the election qualifications to public office, then I strongly suggest there be stringent requirements to county commissioners as well. As we know, a county commissioner by a mere vote can run a whole county into financial ruins. Rhea County is a classic example of that.
I'm sure many of you have never heard of this qualification change because I can't recall ever reading it in the Herald-News, then again, I have grown accustomed to never getting worthwhile information from that newspaper anyway.
I'm just passing this along so that if there is a person out there that may have entertained the thought of running for sheriff but are not state certified, then they are out of luck. To my amazement, a known liar that committed perjury on a federal witness stand who is state certified can run for sheriff, but the rest of us can't. Now go figure that one out...