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Jarnagin’s many years of experience serves county as sheriff

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

Hamblen County native, Sheriff Esco Jarnagin, has more than five decades of experience with law enforcement, criminal justice and the military.

He was elected to serve the four-year term as sheriff of Hamblen County in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.

Jarnagin’s journey began when he volunteered for military duty during the Vietnam War in 1966. He received several commendations and medals and was honorably discharged in June 1969.

In 1972, Jarnagin graduated from Walters State Community College with high honors and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.

Five years later he graduated from ETSU with high honors and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in psychology.

Jarnagin completed the FBI National Police Academy in 1988 with high honors in Law Enforcement Leadership and Management.

Jarnagin began working with the Morristown Police Department in August of 1971. He retired from the MPD after 31 years, covering more than 6,000 cases with a 99 percent conviction rate.

Jarnagin married his wife Kathy in 1976 and they have two sons, Brad and Jason.

When the sheriff isn’t on duty he enjoys spending time working on his farm and hunting for treasures with his metal detector.

“My primary goal as sheriff is to do the very best job I can for the citizens of Hamblen County or for anyone in distress needing law enforcement service. And also to make Hamblen County as safe as humanly possible to raise our families,” Jarnagin said.