Hamilton County Sheriff's Office appoints new chief deputy

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office appoints new chief deputy

November 29th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Lt. Austin Garrett speaks to the media following a SWAT standoff with Keon Stewart Wednesday, October 17, 2018, which happened at the Rustic Village apartment complex off Lee Highway in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The U.S. Marshals Service and Chattanooga police were serving a warrant at an apartment in which a suspect had barricaded himself.

Photo by Erin O. Smith

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has appointed Austin Garrett as chief deputy.

Garrett is a 25-year veteran of the Chattanooga Police Department, and will assume his role of chief deputy on February 8, 2019.

With the sheriff's office, Garrett will serve as head of the command staff and will be the sheriff's executive administrator responsible for the daily operation of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. 

He will also be directly responsible for overseeing all law enforcement, corrections and civilian personnel.

"I want to thank Sheriff Jim Hammond for this opportunity to lead and serve alongside the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office," Lt. Garrett said in a statement. "I look forward to serving the community and being a part of this great law enforcement agency's future," he noted.

Garrett's most recent position at the Chattanooga Police Department was lieutenant for tactical and traffic operations. In that role, he was responsible for managing and leading the operations, planning and ongoing development for thirteen specialized units.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Bethel University and is a recent graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy. He also graduated from the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy in 2012.

"Lieutenant Austin Garrett will be a strong leadership addition to the ranks of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office as chief deputy," Sheriff Jim Hammond said in a statement. "Austin will bring a variety of knowledge and expertise as a career law enforcement officer who has served in numerous positions of leadership," he further noted.

The position of interim chief deputy is currently being occupied by Bill Johnson who recently retired earlier this year from the HCSO as deputy chief of law enforcement.