By Tamas Mondovics
Johnson County Sheriff Eddie Tester, center, enjoyed the spotlight earlier this month after receiving the honor of 2019 Sheriff of the Year by the East Tennessee Constable Association.
The award was presented to Tester by East Tennessee Constables Association president Robert Kent Harris, Board member, Rick Sutton, and Training officer Ken Potter.
Tennessee State Rep. Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) was also on hand to recognize Tester’s achievement and to share a few words of encouragement to keep up the good work and to keep Johnson County residents safe.
Sheriff Tester is highly respected in both the community and among law enforcement officers,” Hill said. “His tireless effort for the
people of Johnson County is greatly appreciated. Congratulations Sheriff tester on
this well-deserved recognition.”
After a contentious campaign against former Sheriff Mike Reece and Johnny Roberts, Tester, a veteran law enforcement officer who has served as a Tennessee State Trooper for the past 18
years received 4,052 votes, garnering 77 percent of the vote.
In an interview following his win last August, Tester was promising a visible, positive change in Johnson County when he said, “I plan to lead a department that is responsive, effective, highly visible, and dedicated to the safety and security of our community.”
True to his word Tester has admittedly been visible at emergencies and various incidents requiring his law enforcement and his deputies presence.
Tester is known to be scarce behind the desk in his office but is quick to respond to media requests, to make sure the community is informed, for which this newspaper—on behalf of the community—is grateful.