The Command Staff is comprised of 6 people that work closely with the Sheriff to administer the numerous divisions and personnel. These
individuals are comprised of various Division leaders, IT staff, and other support personnel. The Command Staff meets each week to discuss ongoing
departmental concerns, finance-oriented issues, technology directives, correctional administration, human resource initiatives, state as well as
local compliance, and public relations with press and media outlets.
Sheriff Jim Hammond is the current Sheriff of Hamilton County and has been since August of 2008. His Sheriff’s Office personnel
consist of three-hundred and sixty eight full-time employees and approximately twenty part-time employees. His area of coverage is Hamilton County,
which is the fourth largest county in the state of Tennessee. As a Constitutional Elected Official of the State of Tennessee, Sheriff Hammond brings
over 40 years of law enforcement experience to his credit, including 15 Years as Chief Deputy. He is also a veteran of the US Navy, an international
police instructor, and former adjunct instructor for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is married to his wife of 40 years, Jeannie and
they have three children and 8 Grandchildren. Sheriff Hammond has a B.A. degree in psychology from Tennessee Temple University, as well as a B.S.
and Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Chief Deputy Allen Branum began his law enforcement career as a patrol
officer with the Soddy-Daisy Police Department in January 1977. As a patrol sergeant in
1985, he left to accept employment with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office under
Sheriff H.Q. Evatt and Chief Deputy Jim Hammond. He worked in the Patrol, Narcotics and
Major Crimes Divisions there until 1999. He returned to Soddy-Daisy to serve as Chief of
Police and was there for over seven years. He served also on the Soddy-Daisy Board of
Commissioners in the early 1990’s for five years with two of those years as
mayor of Soddy-Daisy. On September 1, 2006, Allen was sworn in as chief deputy under
former Sheriff Billy Long. He was later appointed Sheriff of Hamilton County after
Sheriff Long resigned due to federal charges brought against him. In August 2008,
Jim Hammond was elected as Hamilton County Sheriff and asked Allen to remain as his
Married to Donna Branum since February of 1981, they have two adult sons, Lee and Jay
and have lived in the Hamilton County/Soddy-Daisy area all of their lives. Allen and
Donna are members of Christ Family Church (Church of God) in Soddy-Daisy where he has
served as a Deacon and an Elder. Allen has been involved in service to this community
since his teenage years when he became a volunteer fireman in 1971. He has been involved
with several civic organizations over the years and currently serves as president of the
Soddy-Daisy Firefighters Association. Allen has completed in excess of 2,000 hours of
specialized public safety training during his career, including graduating from the
first class of the South East Command and Leadership Academy with the University of
Tennessee in 2001.
Deputy Chief Joseph Fowler is the Deputy Chief of Corrections for the Hamilton County Jail. He served in the
United States Army for nearly 22 years, with seventeen of those years in military corrections/detainee operations.
Joseph attained the highest enlisted rank of Sergeant Major and completed all appropriate leadership training. During
his tenure with the Army he served at the Correctional NCO, Camp Humphries, Korea; was a Course Manager at the United States
Army Military Police School; was a First Sergeant at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and served as Directorate of Operations Sergeant
Major at the United States Disciplinary Barracks. Joseph also served as the Deputy Warden at the Ellsworth Correctional
Facility in Ellsworth Kansas.
He is certified by the American Correctional Association as a Corrections Manager, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in
Psychology at Colombia College and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Director G.A. “Gino” Bennett is the Director of the Support Services Division which supervises
Training, Records, Communications, PIO and Community Relations, Accreditation and Standards, Grants, the HCSO and County-wide Crisis
Intervention Teams (CIT), Internship Program, Leadership Development, Wrecker and Bonding Companies, Planning and Research, Courts
Building Volunteers and is the senior editor of The Roll Call, the agency’s monthly newsletter. Director Bennett has 18 years
of service in the Sheriff’s Office. He is an honor graduate, holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in English,
Bible and Psychology. He is married to Jeannie, his wife of almost 47 years, and they have two children and one grandchild.
Director Don Gorman is the Director of Administration which includes Human Resources (HR),
Purchasing, Finance and Information Technology (IT). He is responsible for a budget of over twenty-eight million dollars.
As with his counterpart, the Director of Support Services, Director Gorman is responsible for several other “special projects”
that the Sheriff’’s Office undertakes. He is a past Chairman of the County Executive Safety Committee, and still
serves as a member. He is the United Way Representative for the HCSO and has been for the past 6 years. Director Gorman has
seven years of Sheriff’’s Office experience, but also has twenty-seven (27) years of military experience in the
US Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard, retiring in 2000 as the Chief Logistics Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, a
Master Sergeant. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College. Director Gorman has
four children (three sons, Jeff, Nick and Taylor and a daughter, Gabrielle) as well as a grandson (Mason) and another
grandchild on the way.
Anne Brown is the Executive Secretary to both the Sheriff and Chief Deputy. She provides administrative support; scheduling and
clerical help to the Sheriff and Chief, as well as the rest of the Command Staff. She also assists in a variety of functions including Secretary
for the Command Staff Meetings and numerous “special duties” as required. Anne has only been with the HCSO since 2007, but is a
Certified Professional Secretary with over 30 years of administrative and secretarial experience. She is the mother of three sons and the
grandmother of three grand-daughters.
HCSO Command Staff
600 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423) 209-7000
Fax: (423) 209-7001