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April 07, 2011

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Between praying and checking the election results, it was quite an evening.” 828-245-2557 Mon.-Thurs. 5am-10pm “I thought the election would be a lot closer, per- haps two or three percent. Consequently, I was surprised by the wider margin of the fi nal vote!” He is 36 years old. He has a supportive wife, Jill, a school teacher and two boys, Coleman, age 10 and Caden, 8 years old on April 30th. He is the youngest of three children, two girls and a boy, of Larry and Doris Francis, both educators. His dad was Principal at Chase High School for 19 years and his mom, an Assistant Principal. As this two year old towhead grew up in the community, he became very impressed with the famous Damon Huskey, the legendary Sheriff of Rutherford County. Chris Francis will tell you as he watched each succeeding sheriff, he always knew that he too wanted to become the Sheriff of Rutherford County. This past December 6, 2010 as he placed his hand on the Bible and was administered the oath of offi ce by Judge Randy Poole, Chris Francis realized his dream. Also, at 36, he is probably the youngest in recent times elected to the offi ce of sheriff. d s s l d h When you sit with this new sheriff for an interview, and take the time hopefully to discover his purpose, you fi nd a conservative person who takes his job very seriously. His offi ce presently is very plain and the only thing on the walls are badges encased in a shadow box of his Rutherford County’s Youngest Sheriff... No Connection Fee! NO CONTRACT • NO CREDIT CHECK HOME PHONE SERVICE • GREAT COVERAGE! Unlimited Minutes • Unlimited Text Message Nationwide Cellular 19.95 A Dream Realized Future Sheriff- two year old Christopher Todd Francis. Future Sheriff- two year old previous departments and positions. He is very unpretentious, even folksy, some might say. He embodies and believes in the mission of the sheriff department which is: “The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Offi ce will provide public safety and assistance to all the people, in a diligent and professional manner.” This young sheriff, who is in charge of the departments 14 divisions, wants the best, expects the best and is already moving his team up a notch. By July of this year he will have eight fi eld training offi cers who will in turn work with and train the new deputies. The Sheriff’s offi ce of Rutherford County presently has 107 employees with 70 sworn in deputies and over 100 vehicles to cover all of the county. To understand how Chris Francis prepared himself to become Sheriff of Rutherford County, you must review his school, his start and his willingness to not only listen to others but equip himself with the posi- tions and experiences he needed to lead. Mon.-Sat. 11-9; Sun. 11-3 828-286-3855 161 Park Lane Dr. • Rutherfordton Every Friday Saturday & Sunday 2 8oz Ribeyes Choice Of Baked Potato OR French Fries, All You Can Eat Salad Bar & Iced Tea $22.99 Friday & Saturday Friday & Saturday All Day Sunday 4:00 Ti4:00 Til Closel Close All Day Sunday “I spent two and a half weeks, prior to being sworn in and taking offi ce, interviewing everyone employed by the sheriff department. I’m insisting that the Rutherford County Sheriff Department projects a positive infl uence on the community.” An opportunity presented itself in his second year of high school where he became a D.A.R.E. roll model at Chase. After graduation, he attended Isothermal and got an Associates Degree before moving up to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Boone. There he attended and graduated from Appalachian State University where he graduated and received his B. S. Degree in Criminal Justice. Meanwhile through Mayland Community Col- lege in close by Avery County he became a basic law enforcement trainee. This led him to become an Avery County Reserve Deputy. Chris Francis was up and running. He then joined the Hickory Police Department and spent two years there before deciding to come home to Rutherford County. He married his high school sweetheart, Jill Bradley, on December 21, 1996. He then joined the Forest City Police Department where he spent three years before Lieutenant Lamar Crisp of the sheriff department called him and asked him to come to the the sheriff department. He got involved in the D.A.R.E. program and then became a School Reserve Offi cer at R-S Central. To “round out” his on the job training for his dream of becoming sheriff, he put in for detective in 2004. In 2008 he was offered a job in Lake Lure and went there as a Lieutenant in the Police Department. He later returned to Rutherford County and served under the three last sheriffs, Daniel J. Good, C. Philip Byers, and Jack Conner. He speaks kindly of all three. By now, many people knew he wanted to be sheriff and run for the offi ce. He fi led and ran this past year. His campaign wasn’t fan- cy, it didn’t even have a campaign manager or campaign offi ce. Chris Francis sort of did it himself with assistance from some good family and friends. He worked hard night and day with the support of a very patient and encouraging wife, Jill. He won and fi nally achieved his lifelong dream. Sheriff Chris Francis will tell you that he wants to be the best and have the best de- partment - anywhere! As indicative of his life up to now, he doesn’t know hours, only goals. That is obvious. Does he have any weakness? Yes. He loves his mother-in-laws Peanut Butter Pound Cake! A proud Chris Francis holding his North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certifi cate. 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