He has worked in almost every position at the KCSO, including being the first Control Room Operator at the Knox County Jail, when it opened in September 1979.
Chief Bernie Lyon celebrated his 40th anniversary with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on September 17, 2019! He is a graduate of Doyle High School and Walter’s State Community College. He graduated with his POST Certification from Donaldson Police Academy in 1981 and the FBI National Academy in 1990. He was the 1989 KCSO Officer of the year.
For Chief Lyon, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is a family affair. He was blessed to have served beside his brother, Chief Keith Lyon, and father, Chaplain Gale Lyon, before their much too soon passing, and currently with his brother, Chaplain Leland Lyon. Chief Lyon is married to his wife, Wendy and has a son, Taylor.