|LCSO promotes Arden, Russell
Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Administrative Capt. Tony Arden has replaced Paul Curtis as assistant chief deputy.
Arden’s promotion went into effect July 1 after Curtis, a LCSO representative for 19 years, took a job at Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
“His experience in the office,” Sheriff Tim Guider said of Arden’s qualifications. “His duties is not going to change a whole lot. He wants to take some of those duties that he does very well and that is payroll, fleet management, he does that very well and he wants to continue to do those things. We’ll find some things to take off of him, add some and kind of filter those duties down to the captain.”
Hopes are to have more of a focus on patrol with the administrative captain, Guider said.
“I didn’t do a whole lot on that particular position,” Guider said of finding Curtis’ replacement. “Arden just seemed it would be the natural progression and the fit. He was actually considered for the assistant chief job before ... Paul got it. It just seemed like the natural thing.”
Arden has been with LCSO for 21 years, working as a jail administrator, deputy, corrections officer and administrative captain. He said experience should help him in the new position.
“It helps me manage and also assist the other employees here,” Arden said. “It makes you a better manager if you’ve done what the people you’re managing are doing.”
With Arden’s promotion, Inv. Sgt. Jeff Russell will step into a new role as administrative captain. Guider made the promotion official last week.
Russell will maintain his duties as investigator for now, including the possibility of taking on more cases until a replacement is found, Guider said.
“Jeff, not only has he had all experience, he’s worked, he’s come up through the ranks and I think most of them have,” Guider said. “He started in the jail.
Jeff has been with me, with the department, for 26 years, and he has had, if you will, a dose — he’s had experience in every division we’ve had. That being the jail, patrol, he was a supervisor on patrol. He has worked narcotics and investigations. He’s well-rounded, let’s say that.”
Four people inside LCSO were considered for the job, Guider said.
Like Arden, Russell believes his varied experience should help him in his new role.
“I’m blessed that the sheriff chose me to fill this position and everything,” Russell said. “I feel my experience as a patrol officer, narcotics, investigations and corrections gives me some aspects of all sides that help me solve — help the officers, help the public with any problems that benefits the sheriff’s office.”