2010 Tennessee Code
Title 8 - Public Officers And Employees
Chapter 8 - Sheriffs
Part 4 - County Sheriff's Civil Service Law
8-8-419 - Political activity restricted.

8-8-419. Political activity restricted.

(a)  No person holding a position in the classified service shall take an active part in any political campaign while on duty, nor under any circumstances shall any employee of the sheriff's department solicit money for political campaigns. A deputy sheriff shall not use such position to reflect the deputy sheriff's personal political feelings as those of the sheriff's department or to exert any pressure on anyone to influence that person's political views. No employee while on duty, nor any officer while in uniform, shall display any political advertising or paraphernalia on such person's body or automobile. No employee of the sheriff's office shall make any public endorsement of any candidate in any campaign for elected office.

(b)  However, nothing in this part shall be construed to prohibit or prevent any such employee from becoming or continuing to be a member of a political club or organization and enjoying all the rights and privileges of such membership or from attending any political meetings, while not on duty. Such employee shall not be denied freedom in the casting of a vote.

(c)  Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be dismissed from the service of the office of the sheriff.

[Acts 1974, ch. 751, § 19; T.C.A., § 8-858.]  

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