I have been blessed to have a long and extraordinary career in my chosen field, law enforcement. I was trained by the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. I have over twenty-five years of continual law enforcement experience in the state of Tennessee as well as other states. I have worked cooperatively with numerous sheriff’s offices across Tennessee and other states. From each one of them I have gained perspective and understanding. In the law enforcement community, I am recognized as a highly trained, highly skilled, highly competent, widely experienced, and deeply committed leader.
With the support of my family, friends, and neighbors I was proudly sworn in as Putnam County Sheriff in August 2014. As I promised during my campaign, I have and will continue to use all of my extensive law enforcement training and experience to serve the citizens of Putnam County. My entire career has been dedicated to helping people and promoting a strong criminal justice system to maintain safer streets, schools, neighborhoods, and communities in the great state of Tennessee, but especially right here in Putnam County. Putnam County is my life-ling home. Having been born and raised here and having lived here all my life, you could rightfully call me a native son. My roots are here. I intend to spend the remainder of my life here. I genuinely care about the welfare of our county.
My whole life has been devoted to law enforcement. Because of the special training and wide variety of law enforcement experiences I have had for the past twenty-five years, I believe that I can make a real difference as the Sheriff of Putnam County. I am a graduate of the FBI Academy, I was trained by the U.S. Justice Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and I have a degree in Criminal Justice. My many years as a Special Agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation apprehending, arresting, and helping to convict criminals of all kinds throughout the state have prepared me well to be the Sheriff of Putnam County.
Throughout my entire professional career, I have maintained the highest level of exemplary conduct required and expected in law enforcement. It is important for every county sheriff to provide a clear mission to all employees of the office and to continually promote the highest expectation for appropriate and professional conduct. Courage, compassion, teamwork, trustworthiness, professionalism, and community service are fundamental values that are the basis of any responsible and effective law enforcement agency.
As Putnam County Sheriff I am expected to provide the citizens of the county with the most effective, efficient, and professional law enforcement office. As Putnam County Sheriff, I am expected to provide the citizens of the County with the most effective, efficient, and professional law enforcement protection that every citizen deserves and should expect. Therefore, I will make every effort to ensure that under my leadership all employees of the Sheriff’s Office will receive the quality training necessary to provide the best service to the citizens of Putnam County.
A sheriff’s job is not to write new laws or burden the taxpayers with undue taxes, but rather to enforce compliance with the statutes enacted by our lawmakers. I fully understand the importance of building a partnership with the community in order to accomplish our responsibilities and goals. By promoting community values and professional conduct, the employees of the PCSO and I will work cooperatively and diligently to earn your trust and confidence.
Putnam County Sheriff's Office is accredited by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police sanctioned Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (TLEA)