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Brown County Chief Deputy Resigns
Updated July 6, 2016 7:02 AM | Filed under: Crime
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Former Chief Deputy Mike Morris
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New Chief Deputy Brad Stogsdill

(NASHVILLE) - After 18 months with the Brown County Sheriff's Department and 30 years with the state police, Chief Deputy Mike Morris is moving on to the private sector. His last day was July 1.

Morris announced his resignation in a June 12 letter to the Brown County Democrat.

"I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all the citizens of Brown County for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your chief deputy with the sheriff's office for the past 18 months," he wrote. "I am humbled by your hospitality and acceptance. I truly hope I have served you well."

Family tragedies influenced his decision to leave, he wrote.
Morris lost his sister three years ago and in a year he has lost his father, brother and other sister.

"It makes you sit back and take stock. I think it's one of those things where tomorrow is never guaranteed and I need to focus on family. It's been pretty rough the year-and-a-half losing everybody," he said. "I hope that I helped make it a better working environment for all of the employees and helped lead the department in a progressive direction. If I was able to do that plus serve the community well then it was time very well spent," Morris told the Brown County Democrat.

Sheriff Scott Southerland has named Lt. Brad Stogsdill as the next chief deputy.

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