Sheriff Ronnie Lawson is the top law enforcement officer for Hawkins County. Sheriff Lawson started his law enforcement career in July 1977, with the Rogerville Police Department as a Patrolman.  In 1989, he was promoted to the rank of Detective (R.P.D. first ever Detective) where he served until September 1, 1990, when he accepted a position as Chief Deputy for Hawkins Co. Sheriff Wayne Clevinger.

After servng 12 years as Chief Deputy, he served as Chief Detective for  Sheriff Warren Rimer.  In 2007 he was reassigned to Patrol Division where he served until elected Sheriff in May 2010. 

The Sheriff’s Office is charged with various duties which include general law enforcement, court security, county correctional facility operation, and civil and criminal service of process. The Sheriff’s Office currently employs approximately eighty officers and staff to carry out its duties.

The Sheriff’s Department has a host of administrative responsibilities that include records, public information, crime prevention, community relations, human resources, finance, purchasing and receiving, training, accreditation, and internal affairs.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Mission Statement:

The “Mission” of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office is to provide quality public service, based on high ethical and professional standards.  This “Mission” is to be attained through a sincere commitment to public service.  It includes preserving the peace and order of the Agency service area, through conflict management and proactive enforcement techniques by officers, who are committed to the rule of law and have a unique authority to investigate, arrest, search, seize and use force, as deemed reasonably necessary.  It includes being both responsive and responsible to the public we serve.  Our “Mission” is public service and we are “proud of it”.

The “Mission of our Sheriff’s Office is profound, because of its breadth, significance and complexity.  It is a diverse service, not a specific product producer.  Our Agency’s “Mission” distinguishes this particular Agency from others which have the same purpose for existing.  For example, while other public and private organizations exist to protect life and property, they do not have the unique authority that law enforcement officers do to carry out the Enforcement function, which is explicit and implicit in the statutory definitions of peace officer, police and law enforcement officer.

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Hawkins County Sheriff Office
117 Justice Center Drive
Rogersville, TN  37857
Phone 1: 423-272-4848
Phone 2: 423-272-0229
Fax:        423-272-7019

Administrative Offices       8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  M-F
Deputies and Corrections Officers on duty 24 hours.

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