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Chief Deputy

Lisa Christian
Chief Deputy
The Sheriff appoints one person as Chief Deputy for the agency. This person works hand in hand with the Sheriff in accomplishment of all duties. The Chief is second in the chain of command only to the Sheriff. She assists in the decision making process for all the legal responsibilities of the elected Sheriff. The Chief is charged with the efficient, effective, and professional operation of the Sheriff's two hundred and sixty - employee agency. In the absence of the Sheriff, she assumes the duties of the Sheriff.

The Chief makes routine inquiries into the budget process, monitors expenditures, and approves outlays. The Chief oversees the three divisions of the agency through a participatory style of management. Major decisions, long range planning, setting of goals, and mission development are all brought before the staff at ongoing meetings for discussion and implementation.

The Chief also serves as the director of personnel. As such, she ensures the agency meets compliance requirements of all applicable controlling legislation, court decisions, and other legal mandates. She builds and maintains a pool of applications that are representative of the ethnic, minority, and social status of our community. Applicant testing, interviewing, and tracking is coordinated through this office. The discipline, counseling, and dismissal of employees are functions of the Chief.

The Chief serves as the coordinator in interactions with other government and private concerns. It is the responsibility of this office to ensure proper relationships exists to promote growth and advancement of the agency. As an internationally certified law enforcement planner, the chief guides the agency into the future on a solid foundation.


Sullivan County Sheriff
P.O. Box 589
Blountville, TN 37617
(423) 279-7500

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