SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Metro Lynchburg/Moore County Sheriff Mark Logan was named the new 2015-16 Tennessee Sheriff’s Association (TSA) president during the organization’s annual conference held July 20-24 in Sevierville. The conference, which included training for sheriffs, chief deputies, jail administrators and other law enforcement personnel was held at the Wilderness at the Smokies/Sevierville Event Center.
“It’s certainly an honor to be selected among 95 sheriffs in the state and to be elected president,” said Sheriff Logan. “It’s an honor because I’m probably the first sheriff from a small county like this to be nominated and elected.”
The TSA is a registered non-profit educational organization founded in 1971. TSA business is carried out by a director under the supervision of an executive committee composed of sheriffs from across the state.
According to its website, the TSA’s purpose is to “promote better and more effective law enforcement; maintain a high level of ethical conduct on the part of all sheriffs, their deputies, and their jail administrators; provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience among all sheriffs; establish the highest degree of cooperation among the law-enforcing agencies in the State of Tennessee; bring the sheriffs of the various counties into close association and to promote cooperation in the conduct of the laws of Tennessee pertaining to the apprehension and prosecution of persons violating the laws of Tennessee; improve and encourage greater efficiency in the administration of sheriffs’ offices and to protect the welfare and interest of the members of the association.”
Logan, who has been Moore County’s sheriff since 1986, said he will appoint the committees for the association and will handle the meetings that the association holds every other month. He will represent the TSA on both the state and national level.
Former Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association presidents from this area include: Lewie Winton, Grundy County (1975); Bobby McCullough, Coffee County (1978) and Tim Fuller, Franklin County (2013). It was Fuller who nominated Logan this year; Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder seconded the nomination.
Logan served on the 2014-15 Board of Directors, SAVIN Committee and Scholarship Committee. This year he will oversee each of the committees.
According to Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long, the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association was very active in the past legislature in promoting legislation to keep Tennesseans safe.
Approximately 200 bills were under constant review. Also, the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association was a participating member of the Tennessee Public Safety Coalition to represent Sheriffs, along with the Tennessee Chiefs of Police Association, and the Tennessee District Attorney General Conference.
—ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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