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Corrections Training Room Dedication to Chief Shockley


Former Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Richard Shockley will be memorialized again on Wednesday, August 31 at 3:30.

Our Corrections Training Room, located on Floor 1-B of the Jail, will be dedicated to Chief Shockley who passed away on January 25, 2011 after a brief fight with cancer.

A new 18-foot banner, the Chief’s framed definitions of character, integrity and ethics and a memorial plaque will be part of the dedication.

Chief Shockley served in numerous capacities during his 50 years of law enforcement experience. In 2008, after retiring to Chattanooga, Sheriff Jim Hammond called upon him to serve as chief of Corrections. In that capacity, Chief Shockley supervised more than two years of constant advancement in the county jail.

Sheriff Hammond described Shockley as a wise and respected man. “He had a wealth of experience and wisdom. Wisdom is a cherished gift from God, and Richard was certainly cherished.”

Director G. A. Bennett said “Chief Shockley was seen as a true leader among his troops and many others. This ceremony will be a poignant and inspiring event for his widow, Jan, his family and for all of us. We thought the world of him.”

Janice Atkinson
Public Information Officer
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

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