HISTORY

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has a prestigious history beginning with the establishment of Knox County in 1792 and the commissioning of our first Knox County Sheriff, Robert Houston, in June of that year.  

Black and white image of officers standing in road looking at camera

SHERIFFS of KNOX COUNTY, TENNESSEE

  • Robert
    Houston

    1792 - 1802

  • John
    Love

    1802 - 1803

  • Joseph
    Love

    1803 - 1814

  • John
    Calloway

    1814 - 1826

  • George M.
    White

    1826 - 1834

  • William
    Dunlap

    1834 - 1838

  • Samuel
    McCammon

    1838 - 1850

  • William
    Craig

    1850 - 1856

  • William
    Crippen

    1856 - 1862

  • William H.
    Swann

    1862 - 1864

  • Marcus
    Bearden

    1864 - 1870

  • Bol F.
    Gossett

    1870 - 1874

  • M.D.
    Swann

    1874 - 1876

  • Alexander
    Reeder

    1876 - 1880

  • C.B.
    Gossett

    1880 - 1882

  • Homer
    Gilmore

    1882 - 1886

  • J.K.
    Lones

    1886 - 1890

  • Tom
    Holloway

    1890 - 1892

  • James
    Fox

    1892 - 1894

  • Jesse
    Groner

    1894 - 1898

  • James
    Fox

    1898 - 1904

  • Harmon
    Kreis

    1904 - 1906

  • C.C.
    Reeder

    1906 - 1910

  • George
    Bolt

    1910 - 1914

  • John
    Blankenship

    1914 - 1916

  • John
    Callaway

    1916 - 1918

  • William T.
    Cate

    1918 - 1922

  • Joseph
    Saylor

    1922 - 1924

  • Walter
    Anderson

    1924 - 1928

  • Chester R.
    Hackney

    1928 - 1929

  • Walter
    Anderson

    1929 - 1930

  • Chester R.
    Hackney

    1930 - 1932

  • Wesley
    Brewer

    1932 - 1936

  • Carroll
    Cate

    1936 - 1940

  • Hazen
    Kreis

    1940 - 1946

  • Austin
    Cate

    1946 - 1950

  • C.W.
    Jones

    1950 - 1952

  • Austin
    Cate

    1952 - 1956

  • Paul
    Lilly

    1956 - 1958

  • E.B.
    Bowles

    1958 - 1960

  • Herman
    Wayland

    1960 - 1962

  • Carl K.
    Ford

    1962 - 1964

  • Archie
    Weaver

    1964 - 1968

  • Bernard L.
    Waggoner

    1968 - 1974

  • Ross
    Sims, Sr.

    1974 - 1976

  • Joseph H.
    Jenkins

    1976 - 1982

  • Joe C.
    Fowler

    1982 - 1990

  • Tim
    Hutchison

    1990 - 2007

  • Jimmy "J.J."
    Jones

    2007 - 2018

  • Tom
    Spangler

    2018 - Present Sheriff

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Approximately 1940's 1950's

A Knox County Sheriff Deputy standing beside his cruiser.

Old black and white photo of officer standing next to cruiser
KCSO helicopter, boats, motorbikes, and cruisers parked on grass and in water

Early 1990's

An image portraying various patrolling units of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office .

1900's

An image showing what the first type of Sheriff patrol cruisers were like in the early days of vehicle manufacturing.

Black and white photo of three officers in and near old style motor vehicle

LOOKING INTO THE PAST

KCSO HISTORY

Sheriff Tom Spangler

Knox County Sheriff's Office

Knoxville, TN

Tom Spangler, Sheriff