The Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department has been enforcing the laws of Hamblen County for more than a century.
The department, headed by Sheriff Esco Jarnigan, works with local, state and federal agencies in the arrest and apprehension of criminals.
Chief Deputy Wayne Mize assists the Sheriff in supervising the multiple divisions that create the department. Together, they work to ensure the safety of citizens, respond to disturbances, emergency calls and enforce the law.
Capt. Hugh Moore oversees the administrative division, serves as the training officer and is responsible for the patrol division. Moore also leads the criminal warrants unit who are responsible for transporting suspects between jails.
If a suspect is taken into custody in another county or state this unit is responsible for retrieving the defendant. These deputies travel nearly 100,000 miles a year transporting inmates to court dates, prisons and mental health facilities.
Lt. Mike Hayes leads the detective division. There are five detectives that work to solve crimes against property and people in Hamblen County. Detectives are usually promoted after several years as a patrol officer with a proven record of success and an interest in detective work.
There are 26 patrol deputies with the HCSD.
Three deputies and one K9 unit are assigned to the narcotics and vice unit to investigate drug offenses and crimes against society.
Two deputies act as School Resource Officers—or SRO’s—to assist the schools of Hamblen County to ensure safety and prevent crimes.
The department also houses the Hamblen County Jail, built in 1977, which can hold 255 inmates. A captain, lieutenant, administration sergeant and four shift sergeants work with 44 correction officers in this division.
Inmates of the jail work on male and female litter pick-up teams throughout the county each day, weather permitting.
Lt. Craig Cloer leads the security unit consisting of 13 court security officers. They oversee security for the five Hamblen County courtrooms between the justice center and courthouse.
The department can be reached at 423-586-3781.