Executive Director & President Messages


A Note from our Executive Director

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association. I serve the most dedicated group of executive level law enforcement officials in the country. The Office of Sheriff is provided for in Tennessee’s former and current constitution. Tennessee Sheriffs are honorable elected officials exhibiting strength while working through many complex issues during a four-year term. Sheriffs must meet certain specific qualifications set forth within the Tennessee Code Annotated. Many state and federal laws affect sheriffs and often change within various areas of service.

Sheriffs also deal with terrible tragedies within respective agencies and unfortunately law enforcement officers across the state are killed in the line of duty. Our Sheriffs continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with each of those departments, counties, public safety agencies and families to provide financial and moral support. Tennessee Sheriffs have a commitment to God and country, as it shows during the hardest of times when we support one another and the greatest of triumphs when good prevails over evil.

The world continues to change over the years but our commitment to provide safe and secure communities within the 95 counties across the state never wavers. Sheriffs continue to provide more SROs to protect our children in our schools and provide a greater presence in our neighborhoods with community policing projects. Sheriffs continue their commitment to provide professional specialized training for employees from the best trainers in the country. We have more qualified officers in the field as a result now working within other areas of public safety. I am so very proud to see them interacting with citizens on behalf of the Tennessee Sheriffs in saving lives and the properties of Tennesseans, both young and old. They also work extremely hard in helping victims of crime deal with an ever-changing criminal justice system.

The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association values our long-standing relationships with numerous working partners across the state and country. Those who wear the badge and put their lives on the line every single day are more than public servants. They are our heroes plain and simple. They’ve literally written each community a blank check of sorts in choosing a career devoted to service while offering up their lives for the safety and good of the respective communities in which they serve.

Your associate memberships allow our staff to utilize the necessary public safety resources and continue to professionally educate, provide specialized training and support the efforts of every county sheriff’s office in Tennessee.

God Bless each of you and thank you for your loyal support in helping keep Tennesseans safe

Sheriff Beth Ashe, Ret., 

Message from our President

Words cannot express what it means to be elected President of The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association this year.  To me it was especially an honor because not only was I elected by my colleagues across the state but also by several retiring sheriffs which I have held the utmost respect and admiration throughout my career.

As president of one of the most outstanding sheriff’s association in the United States, I feel it is the duty of all members to present the highest level of honesty and integrity when law enforcement is under the most critical scrutiny of current times.   Along with the TSA Staff and Board of Directors, I hope to do my part, as our past Presidents have, and continue to move forward with all of the great programs already in place.

We will continue to further educate our sheriffs and their staff through training enabling our officers on the road to protect the citizens we represent.  We will continue to work with our legislators in order to pass laws that help the average citizens and fight against those that will have a negative impact on our State.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Sheriffs, their Employees and the Citizens of our Great State of Tennessee for the support you have shown towards law enforcement and our Association.

Sheriff Murray Blackwelder, Lincoln County



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