|Published: 8:57 AM, 12/03/2012
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
TELLICO PLAINS-A well-known former law
enforcement officer and police chief has died.
Arlie Robert French, 63, served as the
chief of police in Tellico Plains for 10 years in his stint of more
than 30 years in law enforcement.
"I don't remember Arlie ever being
anything other than a law enforcement officer," said Sam Stamey, a
former mayor of the town of Tellico Plains. "He came from a long
line of family involved in law enforcement."
French served as police chief under
then Mayor James Ritchey, and continued his duties under Stamey.
"He was a very likeable person," said Stamey. "People around town enjoyed him."
Stamey said Ritchey worked in Tellico
Plains until his health deteriorated. But, French continued to be
well-respected in the small town community.
"Arlie was just a nice guy," said
Tellico Plains Mayor Patrick Hawkins. "He always had a great sense
of humor and was fun to be around and have good conversations with.
He will be greatly missed in the community."
French also previously served as a
constable and most recently ran for Tellico Plains mayor in 2011, but
lost to Hawkins.
"Even though we were opponents in the
mayor's race, we still got along well in the election process and
were able to laugh with each other," said Hawkins.
Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens said
he and French worked together at the Tellico Plains Police
"He was the chief and my boss at that
time," Bivens remembered. "Law enforcement was his career and he
always had the right thing in mind to do. He was easy to work with
and just an overall good guy. He was always good to talk with. I
considered him a close friend and will miss him greatly."
Staff writer Michael Thomason
contributed to this report.
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