Dobson decides to remain as student resource officer
By Rima Austin | September 6, 2018 8:00 am
For 21 years White County parents have become accustomed to seeing Sgt. Kenny Dobson directing traffic in front of the White County Middle School. Imagining someone else standing out on Turntable Road in the early morning hours would, to some, be considered unimaginable.
Dobson felt the same way, which is why he has made the decision to stay where he is. Dobson informed Sheriff Steve Page that he had changed his mind about becoming chief deputy for the White County Sheriff Department to which Page reportedly told him he wants him to be happy in his job and to do whatever it takes for that to happen.
“I just love being there with the kids and keeping them safe and letting them know that I am there for them,” said Dobson. “If I can make an impact on a couple of kids a year, then that’s worth a year of my work.”
According to Page, he wants what is best for his longtime friend and co-worker. Page has appointed Dobson as captain of the school resource officer team. Over the next month, new SRO appointees will take their positions at each school, in White County, and Dobson already has plans on how they will be trained and is looking forward to seeing all of the schools become a safer environment for the children.
“I’ve got to send them through a week of SRO school,” said Dobson. “I’ve been through ‘active shooter’ school on a couple of occasions and most recently went through a Safe School conference at Tennessee Tech.”
Dobson went on to say he and Page had talked about his future with the department on several occasions over the last few months and that Page knew that it was in his heart to stay at the school.
“Kenny Dobson is one of a kind,” said Page. “He is a great friend and asset to the White County Sheriff’s Office. I am honored to have him as a part of my administration in any capacity. He decided that his heart was in the school system, and, as long as he is happy, I am happy. I cannot imagine a better person to develop the SRO program, in White County. I will continue to seek his guidance on many issues, and he will serve as a policymaker with the sheriff’s office.”