Since 1803, the Dickson County Sheriff's Office, led by an elected Sheriff with approximately 150 Deputies, Corrections Officers and civilians, have continuously served the over 53,000 citizens of Dickson County by ensuring the 491 square miles of Dickson County remains a safe, and desirable place to live, work or visit.
The Dickson County Sheriff's Office consists of dedicated and committed professionals who partner with the community and other agencies as needed to solve problems, protect property and improve public safety in a manner that is fair, impartial, transparent and consistent with our core values of:
We are committed to the enforcement of laws and the preservation of order and property. We are honest, truthful and consistent in our words and actions, and therefore worthy of the public's trust. We exercise discretion in a manner that is beyond reproach.
We treat everyone with courtesy and respect. We understand that our appearance, words and demeanor contribute to the public's confidence in us. We are responsive to the community and deliver services promptly and efficiently.
Fairness and Impartiality
We act with fairness, restraint and impartiality in carrying out our duties. We understand that our actions, combined with the way we treat members of the community, contributes to the legitimacy in the eyes of the public.
We work together as one organization in carrying out the mission of the department in order to solve problems and serve the community.
Dickson County Sheriff's Office Mission
Sheriff Tim Eads
A native of Vanleer TN, Tim Eads is a 33-year veteran of Law Enforcement who started his career with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office in 1987. Before being elected in November 2020 as Dickson County Sheriff, he served 14 years as Chief of the Belle Meade Police Department.
During his time with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, he had the opportunity to serve in many different capacities including Deputy, Shift Sergeant, Senior Investigator, Patrol Captain, Jail Captain and Chief Deputy.
Tim is a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 219. During his years of service, he has received numerous hours of training in the field of leadership, police operations, tactics and public safety in general.
Chief Deputy Teddy Murphy
Teddy Murphy began his law enforcement career in August of 1995 when he was initially hired at the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy. During his 10 years with the sheriff’s office, he served in patrol as a supervisor, school resource officer, DARE instructor, hostage negotiator, and on the Special Operations Response Team. In 2006, Chief Murphy joined the Belle Meade Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to shift supervisor. He was eventually promoted to Senior Dayshift Sergeant and served on the Chief’s Command Staff (Tim Eads). After 11 years of service with the City of Belle Meade, he was hired by the State of Tennessee as a Grant Program Manager with the Office of Criminal Justice Programs. He transitioned from there to a position with the State of Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy as the Statewide Lethality Assessment Program Coordinator. He most recently served as a Peace Officer Standards and Training Investigator.
Chief Murphy has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Police Science and Administration from Nashville State Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice / Homeland Security from Austin Peay State University, and a Master’s degree in Public Safety from Tennessee Technological University.
140 County Jail Drive, Charlotte, TN 37036