Homecoming: Familiar Faces Return To Sheriff's Department

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With the changing of the guard that took place this week, there are several new employees at the Cannon County Sheriff's Department.

However, that doesn't necessary mean that they are all new to the department.

In fact the chief deputy, two investigators and two corrections officer hired by new Sheriff Darrell Young all have previous experience working at the department.


Chief Deputy Bruce Kirby spent a portion of his long career in law enforcement working at the CCSD. He served as a deputy under former Sheriff Bob Stoetzel from 1994-1998. His 34-year career includes serving as chief of police in Algood, Montery and Jamestown, and as a deputy in Warren County.

Kirby is a graduate of the state law enforcement academy, a certified general departmental police instructor, and POST certified.

He has two grown children, Patricia and Danny, who live in Ft. Wayne, Ind.


James Davis, one of the new investigators, worked at the CCSD from 1999-2004 as a deputy and school resource officer. He has since worked for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department as an SRO, patrol officer and in the ICE unit.

Davis, who is a Nashville native, has special training in narcotics investigation and handling violent offenders. He is married to Cannon County native Mila Tucker Davis and they have three children, Brandon (16), Kaille (12) and Jadyn (7).

They attend the Woodbury Church of Christ.


The other new investigator, Matt Goney, also returns to Cannon County following a stint at the Rutherford County department, where he worked as a patrol deputy since 2007. Goney worked at the CCSD as a deputy in 2005-06, then sent a year at the Woodbury Police Department as a patrolman and DARE instructor.

Goney has one daughter, four-year-old Mattalyn. He and his wife Jessica are expecting a child next month.


Born and raised in Auburntown, Travis Turney returns to the sheriff's department where he previously worked as a corrections officer in 2003. A 2002 graduate of Cannon County High School, Turney earned a degree in computers in 2005 and went to work for Cannon County Schools as a network technician where he worked for two years an in and then went to work as a network administrator for Lebanon schools in 2007.

Turney will be working in corrections and handling computer needs for the department. He will soon be attending the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Nashville. The son of Auburntown Mayor Roger and Shirley Turney, he and his wife Hilary will be celebrating their first anniversary on Dec. 19.


Ed Brown has joined the department as Jail Administrator. He worked for 25 years as a supervisors for Johnson Controls in Murfreesboro in several departments. A Cannon County native who resides in Readyville, Brown has been married to Pam Paschal for 25 years.

Brown has instructor training in several aspects of labor laws.


Avera was born at the Murfreesboro hospital, grew up and was raised in the Gassaway community on Blair Branch Rd. His parents are Larry and Pam Avera and he is the grandson of retired Woodbury police chief Bill Avera.

Avera lived in Cannon County for 19 years. He attended elementary school at DeKalb West Elementary then went to Cannon County High School where he graduated in May 2007.

He has worked part time for Mike and Debby Vaughn at the Old Feed Store Antique Mall from June 2006 to January 2010. In June 2007 he went to work for DeKalb County Sheriff Dept. as a corrections officer and left and went to work for Cannon County Sheriff Dept. in March 2008 were he worked corrections, transport, and court.

Avera left the CCSD and went to work for the Alexandria Police Dept. in October 2008. He attended Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy from March 15, 2009 and graduated on May 22, 2009 to become a certified police officer. He was employed by Alexandria until August 27, 2010 when I then came to work back home on September 1st.

Avera is married to Sasha Avera, who is a 911 dispatcher for Cannon County. She has been there two years. They have been married two and a half years.
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September 03, 2010 at 5:05pm
They all seem like qualified people. I know Bruce Kirby and there is no more honest person than him. He knows his way around departments and is a library of information about law enforcement. Sheriff Young couldn't have done any better in the selection of his Chief Deputy.
Bob Stoetzel
September 03, 2010 at 8:52pm
What about the mounted patrol?
September 03, 2010 at 10:29pm
I agree with Bob. I first met Chief Deputy Kirby when he worked for Cannon County under Bob – Bruce and the others bring refreshing experience to the department with many side benefits such as administrative experience, instructor skills, and much needed computer networking experience. A very impressive positive beginning and a very noticeable end to the employment a couple of people that should have never been allowed in law enforcement at all. Hopefully, those nightmare careers end here! Thank you Sheriff Young, you are a man of your word. Jim Gibbs
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