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HCSO Corrections Captain John Swope Officially Retires After (38) Years


Hamilton County, TN – Earlier this morning, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Corrections Captain, John Swope, officially retired after (38) years of loyal and dedicated service.

On hand for this historic occasion were Sheriff Jim Hammond, Chief Deputy Allen Branum, Deputy Chief of Law Enforcement Joe Fowler, numerous members of the HCSO Command Staff, and many of Captain Swope’s closest friends and colleagues.

Also on hand was his brother, David Swope.

Captain Swope is one of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office longest serving employees and has seen many, many changes not only in the field of Corrections, but in law enforcement in general, throughout his career. Chief Fowler, stated at the presentation that Captain Swope has experienced many things during his long tenure with the HCSO Correction’s Division including (7) American Presidents, (3) County Mayors, (6) Sheriffs, and (8) Corrections Chiefs.

Captain Swope began his career with the HCSO in 1978 as a Corrections Deputy. He then progressed through the ranks as a Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Lieutenant, and was officially promoted Captain on November 24, 1998. It is important to note that the HCSO no longer uses the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Because of Captain Swope’s long tenure, has been instrumental to many Sheriff’s and Chief’s by offering guidance and information on the daily operation and history of the existing Hamilton County Jail.

Please join Sheriff Jim Hammond and the staff of the HCSO as we wish Captain Swope a happy and enjoyable retirement and thank him for his service and dedication.

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