He began his career with the Lebanon Police Department in 1964 at the age of 26. After spending five years there, he moved on to the Tennessee Highway Patrol assigned to Williamson County as a Trooper. In 1974, he was elected Sheriff of Wilson County, where he served for eight years until 1982. After his tenure as sheriff, his assistance was requested in Arizona. He spent five years working with the Pinal County, Arizona Sheriffs Office in their Fugitive Apprehension Division before coming back to Tennessee in 1987.
With more than 45 years of law enforcement experience, King has a lot of firsts. He attended the first Police Trainee class for the State of Tennessee at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and was the first police officer in Wilson County to attend the formal law enforcement training academy. He was the first K-9 Handler at the LPD where he and his dog, Tiger, have the first recorded K-9 apprehensions in Wilson County. When starting his final assignment, he was the first Chief of Detectives for the MJPD.
King, who has been involved in many investigations, has a large amount of law enforcement experience. During his tenure at the THP, he was on the riot squad and was present at the famous Lane College riots in Jackson. He caught moonshine runners who were transporting more than 200 gallons of illegal moonshine on Old Hillsboro Pike in Williamson County. When a U.S. Mail plane crashed on Concord Road, he was the lead investigator for the crash.
During his first night in office as Wilson County Sheriff, he solved two robberies and put the suspects in jail. A current Wilson County Sheriffs Deputy was kidnapped as a child, and King followed the leads to find him safe. King is responsible for the current Judicial Commissioner program in Wilson County and opened first Juvenile Detention Center here as well.
At Mt. Juliet Police, he served on the Judicial Drug Task Force where he has the largest seizure of vehicles used in crimes to date. The Detective Division that he has directly supervised for the past 20 years has one of the highest solvability rates in the Middle Tennessee region, which is a major benchmark amongst law enforcement agencies.
Ive always felt privileged and honored to serve the community of Mt. Juliet, King said. Ive met so many great people and established strong bonds with friends and coworkers that will continue after this career.
In his 48 years of service to Tennessee communities, King is responsible for solving 58 murders, three major kidnappings, many armed robberies, and taking violent criminals off the streets. He is credited in forwarding professionalism in law enforcement across the state with his affiliation at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and his tenure as Sheriff in Wilson County. His successful career can be attributed to his strong ability to adapt and overcome in many situations. King is highly respected by the men and women that work below him at the MJPD, who describe him as a passionate and strong leader.
Lt. King has been a dedicated professional to our department, and his presence will be greatly missed, said Mt. Juliet Police Chief Andy Garrett.
The MJPD is inviting the community to celebrate Kings retirement at a reception to be held Friday, March 2, at Five Oaks Country Club at 621 Five Oaks Blvd, Lebanon. The reception will be from 6:30 8:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m. there will be a presentation ceremony.