seeks another term as county
sheriffExpressing 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
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
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
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.
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.