SHERIFF JIMMY BROWN
Sheriff Jimmy Brown, a veteran law enforcement official with over 40 years of experience, began his career in public service as a young man serving six years in the Army National Guard. After serving in the National Guard, Brown started his law enforcement career with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Through hard work and results, Brown rose through the ranks at the State attaining the positions of Trooper, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. When he retired as Captain of the 7th District, he was supervisor for 11 counties and approximately 90 employees.
Brown was elected Sheriff of Lawrence County in August of 2010. He was re-elected in 2014. Since taking office, he has worked with the members of his department, county officials and the general public to make many important improvements within the Sheriff’s Office.
Brown cites an increased effort in solving crimes in Lawrence County, with 2012 statistics from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations reflecting an 8% increase in cases cleared by arrest, as well a 9% increase in Domestic Violence cases cleared by arrest.
During his tenure as sheriff, the jail inmate population has more than doubled. In September 2010 the jail averaged 95 inmates per day at present the daily average is over 230 inmates per day. The department has searched for innovative ways to offset these cost. Noting that over the past two years, an excess of $2 million dollars has been returned to the County General Fund for housing state inmates.
He is currently working with the school board and county commission on a project that will add additional School Resource Officers in an effort to keep our schools safe for our children.
He and his wife, Phyllis, have been married for 48 years, and they have two children, Chris Brown and Meredith (Jerry) Scroggins, and they have three grandchildren. They live in the Leoma community and are active members of the Leoma Baptist Church. Sheriff Brown is also a member of the Loretto American Legion and Loretto Masons Lodge #655.