The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association has named Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe as the 2009 Sheriff of the year for Tennessee at the 38th annual TSA Conference in Sevier County on July 30.
Ashe started his law enforcement career in 1972 and later served as Chief Deputy of Wilson County and Chief of Detectives for the City of Lebanon.
He was elected Sheriff in 1982 and is the longest-serving member of the TSA Board of Directors. In addition, he has served as TSA President in 1986 and again in 1994. Since 2008, Ashe has served as the TSA’s Executive Director.
“It is a great honor to have your peers select you. There were so many other sheriffs who are worthy of this award, who work hard to protect their counties and contribute greatly to the goals of the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association,” Ashe said. “I have received many awards in my career, but there can be none greater than being selected Sheriff of the Year in Tennessee.”
“He has served at every level that is expected of a sheriff of a county,” said Sheriff Mike Wilson of Weakley County, the incoming President of TSA. “Terry has always been there for his county and for the state he serves”
Ashe is a past chairman of the State’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission that oversees all law enforcement certification. He has been appointed by three Governors’ in the State of Tennessee to serve on high profile law enforcement committees.
He holds an associates and bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He has graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, the National Institute of Justice, and the FBI Academy (LEEDA).
Besides serving as Sheriff, Ashe serves on many not-for-profit boards and organizations.
Ashe served in Vietnam in 1967-1968 with 101st Airborne Division where he received numerous medals such as the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
He and his wife, Beth, are members of Immanuel Baptist Church and have three children: Johnny, Trevor and Jesse.