In last week’s article reporting points made by candidates James Chapman and Mark Moon at the sheriff’s runoff debate, the newspaper mistakenly attributed one of Moon’s points to Chapman. Concerning training for School Resource Officers, Moon stated that regular deputies – not just SROs – need SRO-type emergency response training, too, because they will respond to schools in the event of an emergency event to reinforce the SRO, already present. That point was attributed to Chapman in error. The Blount Countian regrets the error.
In the answer to a question about retaining the sheriff’s department chief operating officer position and the status of its occupant Tim Kent, the paper reported Moon as saying the job would not be retained and Kent would be assigned to patrol duties. Moon stated he did not say Kent would be assigned to patrol, but that Kent would be assigned to other duties and that the officer currently assigned to those duties would be reassigned to patrol.
Moon also stated that two significant qualifications for the job of sheriff he cited in the debate were left out of the paper’s report. (1) 18 years of military experience, during which he was responsible while deployed for $9 million worth of equipment, and (2) 20 years experience as a minister.