Who will be the next Carter County sheriff?

Created by Man Up or Shut Up on Aug 21, 2009

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Chris Mathes

Jeff Ensor

Marvin Carden

James Parrish

Frank Peters

Kim Birchfield

John Henson

Steve Smith

Other

Man Up or Shut Up

Johnson City, TN

#21 Aug 25, 2009
Appreciate Your Concern wrote:
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We po Carter Countians can't quite pin our hopes of big JC progress on any man that can't interpret, nor follow, a simple set of vows, or operate a simple contraceptive. But I know that’s not the type of “penis envy” you are referring to. If you are a Mathes cheerleader come on out and say so or is it Steve Smith you are cheerleading for?
Mathes utterly failed as a Sheriff. He sued the citizens of the county and spent close to a million dollars of our money to get the 3 cars and couple extra deputies that he got. And that just made up for what he lost over in Watauga. He broke even and it cost us close to a million dollars, now we are a whole lot mo po than we were…them damn carpet baggers.
Steve Smith I am sure is a good fella – not sure if he is a perfumed poodle or not – never got close enough to smell him.
I started this thread simply to get a gauge of what we can expect in the future, not to turn it into a porno site. What is your fascination with sniffing the JCPD boys?
hoss

Johnson City, TN

#22 Aug 25, 2009
jonh peters all the way
perko

Kingsport, TN

#23 Aug 26, 2009
Haven't posted in a long time. Usually jus sit back and watch all the truths and mostly half- truths that get thrown around here like confetti in a New York ticker tape parade. There are going to be rumors of who is running for Sheriff and it should lead to some interesting posts here. Whomever decides to run better be thick skinned if they expect to survive here! lol
Here is a list of names that I have heard that are rumored to be running:James Parrish, John Henson, Kim Birchfield, Dexter Lunceford, John Peters, Frank Peters, Mike Peters, Jeff Ensor, Marvin Carden, David Cornett.....and the list goes onand on.
This is going to get interesting but one thing is probably for certain with 10-12 candidates, the incumbant will be the favorite.
Another Former Deputy

Johnson City, TN

#24 Aug 26, 2009
ccc wrote:
Parrish could run the county from Washington better than Mathis can run it in town. What do you think.
This statement is very true I know because I worked with James Parrish and he has my upmost respect.
burnette

Elizabethton, TN

#25 Aug 26, 2009
perko wrote:
Haven't posted in a long time. Usually jus sit back and watch all the truths and mostly half- truths that get thrown around here like confetti in a New York ticker tape parade. There are going to be rumors of who is running for Sheriff and it should lead to some interesting posts here. Whomever decides to run better be thick skinned if they expect to survive here! lol
Here is a list of names that I have heard that are rumored to be running:James Parrish, John Henson, Kim Birchfield, Dexter Lunceford, John Peters, Frank Peters, Mike Peters, Jeff Ensor, Marvin Carden, David Cornett.....and the list goes onand on.
This is going to get interesting but one thing is probably for certain with 10-12 candidates, the incumbant will be the favorite.
Have you heard if Chris Mathes is running again? I was wondering since his name was not listed above.
hoss

Johnson City, TN

#26 Aug 26, 2009
stoney creek wrote:
you are over looking john peters he has alot people talking for him.
I agree
RebelRouser

Johnson City, TN

#27 Aug 26, 2009
Appreciate Your Concern wrote:
<quoted text>
We po Carter Countians can't quite pin our hopes of big JC progress on any man that can't interpret, nor follow, a simple set of vows, or operate a simple contraceptive. But I know that’s not the type of “penis envy” you are referring to. If you are a Mathes cheerleader come on out and say so or is it Steve Smith you are cheerleading for?
Mathes utterly failed as a Sheriff. He sued the citizens of the county and spent close to a million dollars of our money to get the 3 cars and couple extra deputies that he got. And that just made up for what he lost over in Watauga. He broke even and it cost us close to a million dollars, now we are a whole lot mo po than we were…them damn carpet baggers.
Steve Smith I am sure is a good fella – not sure if he is a perfumed poodle or not – never got close enough to smell him.
I am a Steve Smith supporter. As I have mentioned in other forums, he is a good family man with a dear wife and two lovely children. He is a level-headed, intelligent man who will bring a no-nonsense approach to the job. He is fair-minded and has the ability to take care of his people while simultaneously dealing with the idiocracy associated with our commissioners.

Steve is a graduate of Elizabethton HS, ETSU, the FBI National Academy, and the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute. He is a captain over Internal Affairs at Johnson City overseeing the program that ensures officers abide by the department's policies and procedures. Steve is a federally trained forensic psychophisiologist and has administered over a thousand polygraphs in the past twenty years. He was a long time Assistant Commander in the Criminal Investigation Division and he also served in patrol functions for several years, as well.

I could go on but I think that Steve's past record and reputation speak for itself. So no, "Appreciate Your Concern," he is not a "perfumed poodle" and I can think of no one I would rather have at my side when the sh** hits the fan. And after he gets elected, one thing I am sure he will convey to you is that law enforcement officers from all over the region have the same tough job and deal with the same bad people and deserve the respect of their peers, no matter what agency they work for.
PARRISH

Lorton, VA

#28 Aug 26, 2009
RebelRouser wrote:
<quoted text>
You're right Agree, I miss the good ole days when a man could go over to the sheriff's department and lose a couple of hundred dollars playing gin rummy in the sally port. I miss not seein' the deputies with the tobaccy spittle drippin' down their chins and their shirts half stickin' up out of their pants. And those pants, always a couple sizes too small so they could show off them purty bellies hangin' over that there duty belt that looked like it had been through a meat grinder. And how them boys could make them boots look like they been mowin' the yard all day is beyond my thinkin'. And those sweat stains in the armpits of them shirts is somehting I'll just never forget.
Ah yes, the good ole' days. Damn them city boys for comin' over here and trying to purty things up a little so we might have a little of what they call professionalism over yonder in Johnson City. And you hit the nail right on the head, Agree. Why do they need six of them purty boys to make the right decision when alls we need is one to make a wrong decision? Don't make no sense, no siree.
Ah, the good ole days.
Sir, You are out of bounds with this post – I hope Steve Smith does not share the same opinion of our deputies as you do. Tearing down a department and its deputies to make your “team” look better is divisive. You don’t need to stoop that low, your guy Steve appears to be pretty sharp and can compete on his own merits. I wish he would have stayed in Carter County, we could have used the help.

btw - I've been around the mighty CCSD since 1987 and can testify that I am proud to have been a deputy. I had the best job in the world, I got to work with heroes every day. I respect my heritage. What you posted is nonsense.

V/r PARRISH
RebelRouser

Johnson City, TN

#29 Aug 27, 2009
PARRISH wrote:
<quoted text>
Sir, You are out of bounds with this post – I hope Steve Smith does not share the same opinion of our deputies as you do. Tearing down a department and its deputies to make your “team” look better is divisive. You don’t need to stoop that low, your guy Steve appears to be pretty sharp and can compete on his own merits. I wish he would have stayed in Carter County, we could have used the help.
btw - I've been around the mighty CCSD since 1987 and can testify that I am proud to have been a deputy. I had the best job in the world, I got to work with heroes every day. I respect my heritage. What you posted is nonsense.
V/r PARRISH
You're right, Parrish, my post was nonsense, just as it was intended to be. My depiction of the CCSO was reflective of what I have heard many of our residents saying about the Henson administration and it was intended to show "Agree" that not only was his depiction of the JCPD candidates wrong, particularly my friend Steve Smith, but that people have misconceptions about our deputies, as well.

I do find it amusing that you, a former LE officer, have singled my post out, but have failed to single out those who have chosen to speak poorly of other LE agencies. I was of the understanding that most LE officers were of a brotherhood that stood up for one another. I hope if you run for sheriff and are elected, that you don't sympathize with posters like "Agree" and attempt to alienate our area LE agencies instead of looking to them for support.
perko

Kingsport, TN

#30 Aug 27, 2009
burnette wrote:
<quoted text>
Have you heard if Chris Mathes is running again? I was wondering since his name was not listed above.
What do you think the word incumbent means?
PARRISH

Lorton, VA

#31 Aug 27, 2009
RebelRouser wrote:
<quoted text>
You're right, Parrish, my post was nonsense, just as it was intended to be. My depiction of the CCSO was reflective of what I have heard many of our residents saying about the Henson administration and it was intended to show "Agree" that not only was his depiction of the JCPD candidates wrong, particularly my friend Steve Smith, but that people have misconceptions about our deputies, as well.
I do find it amusing that you, a former LE officer, have singled my post out, but have failed to single out those who have chosen to speak poorly of other LE agencies. I was of the understanding that most LE officers were of a brotherhood that stood up for one another. I hope if you run for sheriff and are elected, that you don't sympathize with posters like "Agree" and attempt to alienate our area LE agencies instead of looking to them for support.
I appreciate your considerate response and I definitely agree with what you posted later that “law enforcement officers from all over the region have the same tough job and deal with the same bad people and deserve the respect of their peers, no matter what agency they work for.” I’m with you 100% on that one, we are all on the same side and can’t afford for this to become a we v. they contest. Our fraternal family here is larger than just LE, it includes all emergency service workers, deputies, police officers, troopers, constables, rescue squad, 911 dispatchers and fire fighters. I will humbly add Steve and our JCPD brethren to a prayer of unity that I posted last year. Please take a minute to read the prayer and maybe this will help everyone understand our culture and what they are getting into when they ask for the privilege to lead our Deputies and represent our County.

This is based on a short poem written by Homer Hickam turned into a prayer in the book "No Atheists in Foxholes" by Chaplain Pat McLaughlin, USN. The prayer reminds me of the family of law enforcement officers that we have at the Sheriff's Department...and our extended fraternal family.

We are proud of who we are.
We stand up for what we believe.
We keep our families together.
We trust in God but rely on ourselves.
We do what needs to be done.
We are not afraid.

Chaplain McLaughlin summarized this from a soldier’s perspective. I took this prayer and tried to sum it up from a deputy's point of view. The EPD, CCRS, 911, our fire departments and neighboring police departments are included in our circle of families that we keep together.'Tis considered a prayer of unity.
PARRISH

Lorton, VA

#32 Aug 27, 2009
We are proud of who we are.
"We" realize that our true strength lies in the collective "we" of our shift, our department and our personal relationship with God. "We" know who we are because of the rich heritage passed down to us from the heroes in whose footsteps we now walk in...and we take pride in upholding the legacy of service of such legends as Eulas Sargent, George Papantoniou, Bob Hooks, John Henson, Don Pearce and all of the lawmen that protected our county in the 213years that the Carter County Sheriff's Department has existed. We also thank the old-timers for setting the example of selfless service, that looking after your brothers and sisters in this law enforcement business is the most noble of callings. We know why we are here - it is the pride in our calling, not pay or fame, that is the heart of our daily walk as a Christian and lawman...and we are proud to be known as servant leaders.

We stand up for what we believe.
We are called to stand up for those that can not defend themselves. Not only will we stand up for what we believe in, we will fight for it as well, and if needed, die for those we serve with and protect. No greater love than this - that a man be willing to give his life for his friends. We joined this "service" based on what best suited our beliefs and the beliefs of that institution and our community is a safer place through the years because "we" have stood when others are unwilling or unable.

We keep our families together.
"We" belong to a big family. "We" are fortunate that our family extends beyond our mothers, fathers, spouses and children - it includes 80 brothers and sisters that we spend most of our time with at the Sheriff's Department (our own "band of brothers") and our larger fraternal family of police officers, troopers, constables, rescue squad, 911 dispatchers and fire fighters here in Carter County. We know that our immediate family bears the burdens of the long hours and knowing that each day we go in harms way. Through thick and thin, we will do everything in our power to keep our family together...because we can not survive on our own...and when we do stumble and fall, with God's will - we get back up again, aided by 80 sets of hands. We are proud to be a member of a family of servant leaders.
PARRISH

Lorton, VA

#33 Aug 27, 2009
We trust in God but rely on ourselves.
We move forward in faith - there is prayer and there is prayer accompanied by action. We choose prayer accompanied by action. We gather immense strength from our God and our spiritual lives, but know only "we" can put into action the talent, strength, and resolve that God has granted to us to serve and protect those under our care - for "we" are charged to be our brother's keeper. Never overlook the fact that you are the answer to many of your own and others' prayers. All the faith in the world is naught without works.

We do what needs to be done.
It is hard to elaborate on the importance of this statement. Whatever it takes...wherever it takes us...for however long it takes us...we get the job done. If we don't do it, who will?

We are not afraid.
"We" serve so others may live in peace...with peace of mind. "We" do not want to die, yet "we" do not fear death. "Our" strength is in our faith and our brotherhood. We are sheepdogs, we live to protect the flock and confront the wolf, without this we have no meaning.

We are proud of who we are. We stand up for what we believe. We keep our families together. We trust in God but rely on ourselves. We do what needs to be done. We are not afraid...

I hope we can all try live this way each day of our lives. Whether I run or not, win or not, at the end of the day I want to return to our family.

V/r James
Halava

Johnson City, TN

#34 Aug 27, 2009
Parrish,
You words are an inspiration to those of us who serve in the capacity you speak of.
I am proud to have served and still serve with the finest men and women in Carter County, at the Sheriff’s Department, Hampton Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and Watauga Police Department. I look forward to the future of the Sheriff’s department being run by someone who cares about Carter County and the Deputies, Corrections Officers, and Administrative Staff.
You have my vote sir.
Amos Halava
J_ Winters

Johnson City, TN

#35 Aug 28, 2009
Halava wrote:
Parrish,
You words are an inspiration to those of us who serve in the capacity you speak of.
I am proud to have served and still serve with the finest men and women in Carter County, at the Sheriff’s Department, Hampton Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and Watauga Police Department. I look forward to the future of the Sheriff’s department being run by someone who cares about Carter County and the Deputies, Corrections Officers, and Administrative Staff.
You have my vote sir.
Amos Halava
I stand with James Parrish 100%
Football Fan

Bristol, VA

#36 Aug 29, 2009
Not me . I am for Mathes all the way.

“Diogenes”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#37 Aug 29, 2009
I was not aware the Mathis was making drug bust. I am aware he campaigned that he would be tough on the drug dealers and meth labs, but how many arrest has his department made? How many meth labs broken down? Very very few!!
Frogmen100

Bristol, VA

#38 Aug 29, 2009
PARRISH wrote:
We trust in God but rely on ourselves.
We move forward in faith - there is prayer and there is prayer accompanied by action. We choose prayer accompanied by action. We gather immense strength from our God and our spiritual lives, but know only "we" can put into action the talent, strength, and resolve that God has granted to us to serve and protect those under our care - for "we" are charged to be our brother's keeper. Never overlook the fact that you are the answer to many of your own and others' prayers. All the faith in the world is naught without works.
We do what needs to be done.
It is hard to elaborate on the importance of this statement. Whatever it takes...wherever it takes us...for however long it takes us...we get the job done. If we don't do it, who will?
We are not afraid.
"We" serve so others may live in peace...with peace of mind. "We" do not want to die, yet "we" do not fear death. "Our" strength is in our faith and our brotherhood. We are sheepdogs, we live to protect the flock and confront the wolf, without this we have no meaning.
We are proud of who we are. We stand up for what we believe. We keep our families together. We trust in God but rely on ourselves. We do what needs to be done. We are not afraid...
I hope we can all try live this way each day of our lives. Whether I run or not, win or not, at the end of the day I want to return to our family.
V/r James
Oh blah, blah, blah Parrish. Instead of trying to impress us with your millitary montage, why don't you tell us something that you will do, if elected, to improve the department, increase salaries for the deputies and jailers, and make the department better. Some of us have already grown weary of your pile of "sheep dog" poop analagies, and "service, sacrifice, and love of department" lip service. WHAT, EXACTLY, ARE YOUR IDEAS OF BETTERING THE DEPARTMENT, FOR PETE'S SAKE?
Frogmen100

Bristol, VA

#39 Aug 29, 2009
PARRISH wrote:
<quoted text>
I appreciate your considerate response and I definitely agree with what you posted later that “law enforcement officers from all over the region have the same tough job and deal with the same bad people and deserve the respect of their peers, no matter what agency they work for.” I’m with you 100% on that one, we are all on the same side and can’t afford for this to become a we v. they contest. Our fraternal family here is larger than just LE, it includes all emergency service workers, deputies, police officers, troopers, constables, rescue squad, 911 dispatchers and fire fighters. I will humbly add Steve and our JCPD brethren to a prayer of unity that I posted last year. Please take a minute to read the prayer and maybe this will help everyone understand our culture and what they are getting into when they ask for the privilege to lead our Deputies and represent our County.
This is based on a short poem written by Homer Hickam turned into a prayer in the book "No Atheists in Foxholes" by Chaplain Pat McLaughlin, USN. The prayer reminds me of the family of law enforcement officers that we have at the Sheriff's Department...and our extended fraternal family.
We are proud of who we are.
We stand up for what we believe.
We keep our families together.
We trust in God but rely on ourselves.
We do what needs to be done.
We are not afraid.
Chaplain McLaughlin summarized this from a soldier’s perspective. I took this prayer and tried to sum it up from a deputy's point of view. The EPD, CCRS, 911, our fire departments and neighboring police departments are included in our circle of families that we keep together.'Tis considered a prayer of unity.
Blah, blah, blah.....
Frogmen100

Bristol, VA

#40 Aug 29, 2009
PARRISH wrote:
We are proud of who we are.
"We" realize that our true strength lies in the collective "we" of our shift, our department and our personal relationship with God. "We" know who we are because of the rich heritage passed down to us from the heroes in whose footsteps we now walk in...and we take pride in upholding the legacy of service of such legends as Eulas Sargent, George Papantoniou, Bob Hooks, John Henson, Don Pearce and all of the lawmen that protected our county in the 213years that the Carter County Sheriff's Department has existed. We also thank the old-timers for setting the example of selfless service, that looking after your brothers and sisters in this law enforcement business is the most noble of callings. We know why we are here - it is the pride in our calling, not pay or fame, that is the heart of our daily walk as a Christian and lawman...and we are proud to be known as servant leaders.
We stand up for what we believe.
We are called to stand up for those that can not defend themselves. Not only will we stand up for what we believe in, we will fight for it as well, and if needed, die for those we serve with and protect. No greater love than this - that a man be willing to give his life for his friends. We joined this "service" based on what best suited our beliefs and the beliefs of that institution and our community is a safer place through the years because "we" have stood when others are unwilling or unable.
We keep our families together.
"We" belong to a big family. "We" are fortunate that our family extends beyond our mothers, fathers, spouses and children - it includes 80 brothers and sisters that we spend most of our time with at the Sheriff's Department (our own "band of brothers") and our larger fraternal family of police officers, troopers, constables, rescue squad, 911 dispatchers and fire fighters here in Carter County. We know that our immediate family bears the burdens of the long hours and knowing that each day we go in harms way. Through thick and thin, we will do everything in our power to keep our family together...because we can not survive on our own...and when we do stumble and fall, with God's will - we get back up again, aided by 80 sets of hands. We are proud to be a member of a family of servant leaders.
And more blah, blah, blah.....

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