Sheriff Jim Hammond is a P.O.S.T. certified police officer with over fifty years of law enforcement experience and is currently serving in his third term as Sheriff of Hamilton County, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University and the University of Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the Chattanooga Police Department’s Police Academy, Class of 1979.
Sheriff Hammond began his career in law enforcement over fifty years ago when he started working as a Legal Service Officer in the Hamilton County Juvenile Court in 1965. In 1969 he joined the United States Navy where he was assigned to the Navy’s Submarine Flotilla Six. Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1971, he returned to the Juvenile Justice System where he served until 1978 when he was appointed Chief Deputy of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office by former Sheriff, H.Q. Evatt. Sheriff Hammond would serve as Chief Deputy until his retirement in 1994.
After retiring from the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Hammond was appointed an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Tennessee where he would teach until being recruited by the United States Department of Justice’s, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program in 1995. Throughout the next ten years, Mr. Hammond would teach thousands of law enforcement officers all over the world including training assignments in Haiti, Russia, Columbia, Albania, Jordan, Romania, and numerous others.
In 2003, he and his wife would move to Jordan where they would live for three years while he served as Chief of Operational Policing and Training Manager of the prestigious Jordanian International Training Center in Amman, Jordan. During his time living overseas, Mr. Hammond would develop a strong and beneficial understanding of Middle East cultures and faith that would serve him well in his future endeavors especially as American law enforcement agencies become more and more subjected to the threat of global terrorism.
Throughout his career in law enforcement, Sheriff Hammond has also had the opportunity to serve in numerous positions within the private sector including Director of Security for Golden Gallon Corporation and Director of Training and Safety for the ERMC Corporation.
Sheriff Hammond is a graduate of the United States Secret Service’s Dignitary Protection School, the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s Auto Theft School, the Public Safety Institute’s Police Planning and Resource Development, the Leadership Institute, and the United States Justice Department’s International Training Assistance Program.
Sheriff Hammond has been married to Jeannie Hammond since 1969 and together they have three children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Sheriff Hammond and his wife are members of Woodland Park Baptist Church. He is the former Mayor of Ridgeside, Tennessee, and served on the board for numerous state and local agencies including the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association, Hamilton County 911 Center Board of Directors, a Trustee of Tennessee Temple University, Valley Psychological Hospital, and the Board of Directors for Teen Challenge. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers Association.