A former director of human resources for Wilson County government has been indicted along with more than 20 others, primarily from Rutherford County, following a "cooperative, large-scale" investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin and cocaine throughout the midstate.
In a statement released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Friday, Christina Woodward was identified as "the now former director of human resources in Wilson County." According to Woodward's profile on the LinkedIn social network -- on which she is listed as Christina (Woodward) LeBlanc -- she held the position of human resources director from October 2013 until December 2014.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto confirmed Friday afternoon that Woodward was the county's human resource director during that time.
Originally published Oct. 30, 2013
County HR director fitting into Wilson
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Human Resources Director Christina Woodward has settled nicely into her new role in just a few short weeks.
Woodward obtained her MBA, with a special focus on Human Resources, at Union Graduate College in New York and was handpicked by County Mayor Randall Hutto to fill the position vacated earlier this year by Director Alanna Sullivan.
"The candidates who applied for this position were outstanding, but we felt Ms. Woodward was a good fit for Wilson County," Hutto told The Wilson Post.
"When I met with the mayor I knew that this was where I wanted to be," Woodward said. "I grew up in the Northeast and hated the cold. I always knew I wanted to move south, but every job opportunity I had kept moving me to Boston."
Woodward took a special interest in Tennessee because she had friends and relatives who had relocated to the area. However, it wasn't until May 2012 that she noticed the Lebanon community.
"I was actually passing through and got a rescue dog here," she said. "I thought it was really pretty here and it piqued my interest."
When she was given the opportunity to work from her at her last job, Woodward encouraged her fiance to give Tennessee a try. "We moved to Tennessee and loved it here. Right now we live in Murfreesboro," she said.
Woodward said her past experiences working for Pepsi introduced her to a wide variety of cultures. "I've traveled up and down the East Coast and to Africa and Europe. I've been exposed to cultures of all kinds," she said, adding that she is enjoying the food and amenities offered locally.
"I've been trying the different restaurants here. I just ate at Gondola last week and it was good. There are a lot of festivals and activities that take place here. Wilson County does a good job of bringing the community together."
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"I'm looking at her resume now, and it shows she was extremely well qualified," Hutto said. "I'm surprised she would be involved with something like this."
According to the mayor, Woodward, who is originally from the northeast, said she needed time off in late 2014 to go back home to take care of her ailing father. "Two weeks later, she called back and said she had to stay and resigned her position."
Beginning in July 2014, the TBI's Drug Investigation Division, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and Murfreesboro Police Department embarked on the effort to develop information related to the sale and distribution of the drugs.
Others indicted by the Rutherford County Grand Jury on June 3 on a variety of charges related to the drug operation included those affiliated with two in-home care centers in Rutherford County. Ms. Keisha's Kids was operated from the residence of 38-year-old Lakeisha Smith and Jamarr Kuilan, 30. Angels Day Care was operated from a residence in which Eric Patton lived. The day care's operator was not implicated, according to the TBI.
Additionally, the investigation revealed that Rawle Cecil Chapman, 36, of La Vergne, and Latrisha Lashaun Chapman used their affiliation with Church Street New and Used Tires in Murfreesboro to distribute drugs.
With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, the three agencies arrested 12 of the 22 individuals indicted today and booked them into the Rutherford County Jail on a variety of bond amounts. Those arrested included both Rawle Cecil and Latrisha Lashaun Chapman, Smith, Kuilan, Juan Angel Kuilan, Pequandre Dejuan Manley, Kimberly Renee Jordan, John Eric Henderson, Jeffery Allen Walker, James Kenneth Walker, Brandon Scott Ford and Vickie Lynn Brown. Ages and hometowns were not available for all arrested subjects.
The TBI statement requested anyone with information on the whereabouts of the remaining individuals, including Woodward, contact the bureau at 1-800-TBI-FIND. Along with the former county human resources director, investigators are seeking Patton, Wayne Roger LeBlanc, Crystal Leeann Hill, Sarah Madelyn Potter, Deonte Lamont Patton, Arron Douglas Patton, Carlos Antron Crawford, Michael Lamont Simpson and Brandon Jackson Hart.