The sheriff is authorized by statute to employ guards to:
T.C.A. §§ 41-4-118, 41-4-121, and 41-4-126.
After July 1, 2006, any person employed as a corrections officer or guard in a county jail or workhouse must have the same minimum qualifications as a jailer. T.C.A. § 41-4-144.
Jail deputies must take the same oaths as the sheriff, which are certified, filed, and endorsed in the same manner as the sheriff’s. T.C.A. § 8-18-112. See Oaths under General Information tab of the County Offices topic for additional information.