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August 31st Oath of Office Ceremony

Your presence is requested by Eric Watson on August 31st, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of North Cleveland Church of God; as he officially retires from the Tennessee House of Representatives after eight amazing years and take the oath of office as “Sheriff” of Bradley County. Special GuestRead More…

Sheriff-Elect Eric Watson Announces Brian Smith, Chief Deputy

Having pledged to seek out the very best leadership team possible from local leaders in the criminal justice field, Bradley County Sheriff-Elect Eric Watson today proudly announced his selection for Chief Deputy. Sheriff-Elect Watson selection for Chief Deputy is former Bradley County Sheriff’s Deputy and Cleveland Police Department Detective SergeantRead More…

Sheriff-Elect Eric Watson Announces Captain of CID

CAPTAIN OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION After completing nearly a four-year successful tenure as the director of the 10th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Steve Lawson will be “coming home to the sheriff’s Office” effective September 1st to, once again, head up the Criminal Investigations Division. “IRead More…

Sheriff-Elect Eric Watson Announces Patrol & Administration Command Staff

CAPTAIN OF PATROL SERVICES Thirty One year sheriff’s office veteran Lt. Keith Edwards will be promoted to the rank of Captain of Patrol Services in Watson’s new administration beginning September 1st. “I wanted someone to fill this crucial management position and who has worked in every division of the sheriff’sRead More…

Sheriff- Elect Eric Watson Announces Captain of Corrections/Judicial Services and Director of Support Services.

Sheriff- Elect Eric Watson Announces Captain of Corrections/Judicial Services and Director of Support Services. Combining two critically important divisions of the sheriff’s office under one leader will result in a more efficient use of departmental resources. The job will require a person with truly unique experience in both areas, andRead More…

Sheriff-elect Eric Watson plans to announce command staff on Wednesday

Beginning Wednesday, Sheriff –elect Eric Watson plans to announce his command staff and leadership team. For the past several weeks, much effort has been made in reviewing and developing a structure to better utilize the resources of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. “My campaign promise to the citizens of BradleyRead More…

Election Night Victory Celebration

Election Night Victory Celebration is planned at the Mountain View Inn, 8pm on May 6th. Come join us and enjoy special entertainment by Tim Chastain and Eight Days After. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the night.

NRA Releases Statement Concerning Ruth’s Untruthfulness

“During the past few weeks, you may have seen a campaign ad in a local newspaper or received a postcard by the “Re-elect Jim Ruth Sheriff Campaign” claiming that Sheriff Jim Ruth has received an “A+” rating from the National Rifle Association and that Sheriff Ruth has been endorsed byRead More…

NRA denies Ruth’s claim of support

Throughout this campaign, Jim Ruth has continuously made allegations that have been proven to be lies, their entire campaign seems to be based solely on attacking me with lies.  Hopefully before election day the lies will stop from their campaign. However, they have a terrible record of mismanagement since beingRead More…

Eric Watson’s Family Fun Day

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Everybody is invited to Eric Watson’s Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 29th, 1pm to 6pm at the Bradley Central High School Gym. Come enjoy great Musical Entertainment, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, Hula Hoop Contest, Magic Shows, Balloon Art Animals, Clowns, Bouncy Air Toys, Pizza, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, andRead More…

The question that you may ask is why have I made the decision to run for sheriff and the answer is simple, I have a love for law enforcement and for this county. I am convinced that my experience, training and accomplishments have prepared me to lead this office to better serve you by using its resources to the fullest and by allowing its professional men and women to reach their potential. I ask you to join in with me and share the VISION and take Bradley County back.