Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon on Wednesday announced his endorsement of Coach Tommy Tuberville’s campaign for U.S. Senate and cited the candidate’s steadfast support for law enforcement among the reasons.

“Coach Tuberville is a true American patriot who stands shoulder-to-shoulder with law enforcement on the local, state, and federal levels of government,” Moon said. “I know he will support President Trump in building the wall, honoring our veterans, and backing our efforts to maintain law and order.”

Tuberville said he was honored by the support and recognizes the inherent dangers that sheriffs, deputies, police officers, and other law enforcement officials face each time they clock in for work.

“I agree with those who say ‘Back the Blue’ must be more than just a slogan because the men and women who wear a badge and carry a firearm to protect others must always know we have their backs,” Tuberville said. “Local law enforcement officers are our first line of defense against terrorism, illegal immigration, and rampant crime on the streets, so as U.S. Senator, I’ll support every measure that assists them in carrying out their important duties.”

Moon has been employed by the Blount County Sheriff’s Office for the past 14 years and was elected sheriff in 2018.

During his law enforcement career, Moon has worked as a patrol deputy, a narcotics investigator, and a school resource officer at Susan Moore in Blountsville and Appalachian High School.

A Sergeant First Class in the National Guard, he served two tours of duty in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan.

Moon has also worked as a minister for the past 20 years and led the congregations at Brooksville Baptist Church and County Line Baptist Church.