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Background Information

Employment History


Bradley County

Juvenile Court Director and Child Abuse Investigator

Bradley County


POST Commission



Bradley Co.


Original Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman
Bradley Co.


master of science degree

criminal justice

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga


bachelor of science degree

political science

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Chattanooga Police Department's Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy

Certified Public Administrators Training

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Longtime sheriff Dan Gilley ... [cached]

Longtime sheriff Dan Gilley will present the charge of duty to the new Bradley County sheriff.

"I am honored to have learned from these former sheriffs and worked under Dan and Tim," Watson said.

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Sheriff Dan Gilley

Sheriff Dan Gilley
Bradley County Sheriff Daniel R. Gilley is a native of San Antonio, Texas.He attended high school in Sandy Springs, Georgia.Sheriff Gilley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a Masters degree in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Sheriff Gilley began his law enforcement career in 1974 as a reserve deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.His full-time career in law enforcement began as a patrol deputy with Bradley County in 1975.He served as Bradley County's juvenile court director and child abuse investigator from 1976 to 1979.He returned to the sheriff's department full-time in September, 1980 as chief deputy sheriff.Sheriff Gilley has held an active commission with the Bradley County Sheriff's Department as either a full-time or reserve officer since June, 1975.
Gilley was first appointed to the office of sheriff by the Bradley County Commission in January, 1987 when the previous sheriff was selected to be Tennessee Commissioner of Safety.Gilley served as interim sheriff until September, 1988, when he was sworn in after having won a special election for a two-year term.He won re-election in 1990 for a full four-year term, and has won consecutive elections by wide margins in 1994, 1998, and 2002.
Sheriff Gilley has undergone extensive training in a wide variety of law enforcement and management areas during his career.Areas of specialized training have included the various aspects of child abuse investigations, hostage negotiation, crime prevention, jail operations, gang activities, drug investigation, ethics in law enforcement, counter terrorism, crime scene techniques, and hate crime investigations, among many others.Gilley is a graduate of the Chattanooga Police Department Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy.
Specialized management training experienced by Sheriff Gilley include the Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar sponsored by the F.B.I., Community Policing Techniques sponsored by the Southeastern Community Oriented Policing Education Institute, and completion of the County Officials Certificate Training Program sponsored by the U. T. Institute for Public Service.
Sheriff Gilley has served as a part-time instructor for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy at Cleveland State Community College, and he has taught law enforcement management courses as an adjunct member of the faculty of the criminal justice program at Cleveland State.From 1984-1992 Sheriff Gilley participated in the development and presentation of several courses of instruction for law enforcement investigators and agency heads across the country as part of a training team sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Present Board memberships held by Sheriff Gilley include: the Bradley County Emergency Communications (E-911) District Board (current chairman), the Southeast Tennessee Community Corrections Board (current chairman), United Way of Bradley County, the Tennessee Employers Support for the Guard and Reserves State Board, and the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force Board.From 1995-2002.Sheriff Gilley served as a member of the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission and was POST Commission chairman in 2000-2001.
Among the many awards and recognition's received by Sheriff Gilley throughout his career, the most meaningful to him are the 1993 Tennessee Veterans of Foreign Wars Law Officer of the Year Award and the Edward G. Sharpe Chapter 596 Vietnam Veterans of America 1999 Supporter of the Year Award.
Sheriff Gilley is a member of the Tennessee Sheriff's Association, the National Sheriff's Association, the Tennessee Emergency Number (E-911) Association, and the National Emergency Number (E-911) Association, and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Law Enforcement Council.Sheriff Gilley is also an active member of the Cleveland Rotary Club.
Sheriff Gilley and his wife, Judy, have four children.
Sheriff Dan Gilley appointed Bill Griffith as his second-in-command in March 2005.
In March 2005 Sheriff Gilley added the corrections division to his command.

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Gilley seeks another term as county sheriff

Expressing the belief that "the sacred trust of holding public office is the honor of a lifetime," Bradley County Sheriff Dan Gilley has announced his decision to seek another term to the top county law enforcement post he has held since 1987, subject to the May 2 Republican primary election.
Prior to his appointment as sheriff in January 1987, Gilley served as the county's chief deputy for more than six years.He had previously served as a deputy sheriff, the county juvenile court director and a reserve deputy, having first joined the department in June 1975 as a road deputy.He was elected to the office of sheriff in 1988, and re-elected in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 by wide margins.
Sheriff Gilley revealed the theme of his 2006 campaign will be "VISION - 2010."He emphasized while BCSO has advanced from a typical 1970s style small sheriffs department when he first came aboard to a modern and well-equipped agency today, the department must continue to progress in the years ahead.Gilley said he has a vision for where he wants to take the department over the next four years.
Another aspect of "VISION - 2010" Gilley pointed to is his idea of revolutionizing the traditional way in which training is delivered in the law enforcement field.He said computer-based distance learning, such as that offered by leading universities, will be the wave of the future in law enforcement training.He has plans for BCSO to be at the forefront of the training innovations that are on the way.
Sheriff Gilley has extensive training in all aspects of local law enforcement, including hundreds of hours of training in patrol tactics, community policing, school safety and all aspects of criminal investigations.Aspects of criminal investigations include homicide, crime scene processing, property crimes, crimes against persons, child physical and sexual abuse, domestic abuse, narcotics violations, embezzlement, computer fraud and other white collar crimes.He is a graduate of the Chattanooga Police Department's Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy.
In the area of management training, Sheriff Gilley has attended dozens of management and administrative training schools and seminars during his career.He is a 2005 graduate of the FBI's "Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar" held annually at the FBI's training academy at Quantico, Va.He is also a graduate of the "Certified Public Administrators Training Program - Levels I, II and III" of the University of Tennessee's Institute for Public Service.
In addition, Sheriff Gilley is a graduate of the FBI's "Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Training Seminar."He holds a bachelor of science degree in political science and a master of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga.
Sheriff Gilley's professional memberships have included an eight-year term as a member of the state of Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.He served as POST Commission chairman in 2001.He is an original member of the Board of Directors and current chairman of the Bradley County Emergency 911 District, as well as an original member and current chairman of the Southeast Tennessee Community Corrections Program.Sheriff Gilley has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force since its inception in 1987.
Sheriff Gilley is an active member of the Tennessee Sheriff's Association, as well as the National Sheriff's Association.He currently serves on the TSA legislative committee.He is a member of the Tennessee Public Safety Coalition, which is made up of sheriffs, police chiefs and district attorneys from across the state.It exists for the purpose of promoting law enforcement legislation the organization feels is beneficial to the citizens of Tennessee.
In addition, Sheriff Gilley serves as one of two representatives from Bradley County on the Third District Tennessee Homeland Security Council.He also serves on both the state and district boards of the Employers Support for the Guard and Reserve organization.He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 59.
Gilley's community memberships include the Cleveland Rotary Club and the Bradley County United Way Board of Directors, as well as Cleveland 100.He, along with former Cleveland Police Chief Arnold Botts, organized the first Downtown Block Party as a safe alternative to traditional Halloween activities, and he served as a co-sponsor of the Block Party for more than 10 years.
Among the many accomplishments of his administration, Sheriff Gilley pointed to a few of the most outstanding.Of these, he listed the successful construction of the new $16 million Bradley County Judicial Complex (which came in on time and under budget); the conversion to the new fully certified direct-supervision jail facility; the development of the law enforcement forensics lab; the installation of the mobile-data vehicle computer system; the implementation of the DARE program and School Resource Officers in every Bradley County school; and the change to the philosophy of the community policing program (COPS); the introduction of computer-based training; the passage of the department's Employee Protection Act; the department's boating safety unit; and the new Mobile Command Post as a few of the most notable achievements in recent years.
In addition, Gilley noted his department has received 24 consecutive perfect audits from the Tennessee Comptrollers Office.This means the department has received no write-ups by state auditors for bookkeeping or management errors since he became chief deputy in 1980.Also, since 1980, the sheriff's office has operated within each budget as approved by the Bradley County Commission, not spending any more funds than was allowed.Most years the department turned in substantial unspent funds.
In the area of corrections, Sheriff Gilley has amassed hundreds of hours of training sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections during his career.Gilley has been trained by NIC in jail management, how to open a new institution, the jail as part of county government, making the transition to direct supervision, dealing with difficult inmates, legal issues and more.
Sheriff Gilley and his wife, Judy, are residents of the Blue Springs community.The couple has four children: sons, Alex, Beau and James, all of Cleveland; and daughter, Laura, who resides with her husband and son in Budapest, Hungary.

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Just a few years ago, former Bradley County Sheriff Dan Gilley stated the "hot spot" was Highway 60, Georgetown to the city limits, then Highway 60, Dalton Pike.

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Taylor served as a captain under Bradley County Sheriff Dan Gilley, then was appointed chief deputy.

"The best thing Dan would ever do for me was encourage me to finish my bachelor of science degree at UTC.

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