Executive Director & President Messages


A Note from our Executive Director

It is a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association. The problems sheriffs have had to face this year are unbelievable. Tennessee Sheriffs are strong and are able to deal with and work through many complex problems. I’m proudest when we pull together not only for the counties we serve, but when we all pulled together for all our counties, like the wild fires of Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains and the tornadoes that touched down in neighboring counties all across our state. Tennessee Sheriffs have a commitment to God and their character shows through during the hardest of times.

The world has changed so much over the last few years but our commitment to our counties and our state to provide safe and secure communities has not. The men and women who serve in law enforcement today face many challenges, but we have never put more qualified officers in the field as we have serving today. As the Executive Director, I’m proud to see officers working for sheriffs saving lives and property of other Tennesseans.

The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association values our relationships with all our working partners across the state and its many Law Enforcement Agencies. Together, those who wear the badge and put their lives on the line everyday are heroes, plain and simple. Your support as associate members has given us the tools to continue to educate, train and support the efforts of every county Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee. I want to personally thank you for your support in helping keep Tennessee safe.

Sheriff Terry Ashe, Ret., 

Sheriff Terry Ashe, (Ret.) Bio

Message from our President

I would like to start by saying how humbled and grateful I am to have been elected by my colleagues to serve as the President of the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association for the upcoming year. In keeping with the longstanding tradition of the great presidents before me, I plan to continue to operate the Association with honesty, integrity, and transparency that the great citizens of the State of Tennessee have come to expect from our Association.

As an Association, I will strive to continue to provide the best and most up-to-date training for our sheriffs, a nationally acclaimed victim notification program for victims of crimes, scholarship opportunities for our youth to help further their education, and work diligently with our state legislators to strengthen our laws in order to be able to better serve and protect the citizens of Tennessee.

In closing, I want to thank each of you for your continued support to our Sheriff’s offices across the state and I look forward to serving the citizens of Tennessee.

Sheriff Andy Dickson, Carroll County



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