published Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Hammond hints he may ask Tim Gobble to run jail

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    Sheriff Jim Hammond.
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Sheriff Jim Hammond may tap a former East Ridge former city manager to serve as interim jail chief.

Hammond said Thursday he has been talking with Tim Gobble, who resigned from his post as East Ridge’s chief executive in February, about replacing Deputy Chief of Corrections Ron Parson. Parson will be demoted to captain’s rank on or before May 1 after an internal affairs investigation released Wednesday reported he made numerous offensive comments to officers.

Hammond met with Gobble on Thursday, and the sheriff said he spoke with Gobble about the deputy chief position — which Gobble held immediately before taking the job with East Ridge in spring 2011.

“I’m going to open [the position] up. I want to cast a wide net, at least through the Southeast,” Hammond said. “But that doesn’t mean I won’t put someone in as interim, and he may be the individual for that.”

Gobble could not be reached late Thursday for comment.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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