Patrol Lt. Greg Larkin
Lt. Greg Larkin was born and raised in Church Hill, Hawkins County Tennessee. He graduated from Volunteer High School in 1988 and obtained an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
Lt. Larkin started his career with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office in 1989 as a reserve officer and was hired full time in 1990 as a correctional officer. In February of 1992 he was promoted to a patrol deputy position and attended the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Nashville. During the summer of 1993 he was accepted as a member of the sheriff’s tactical unit.
Since that time he has advanced through the ranks and currently serves as lieutenant over the patrol division. His other duties include being Commander of the Hawkins County Tactical Unit and General Department Instructor over training.
Detective Lt. Eve Jackson
Lieutenant Eve Jackson is Supervisor of the Detective Unit of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). She graduated Central High school in 1978 and was hired as a Dispatcher/Jailer by Sheriff Lee Justice (deceased) in 1985. She received Law Enforcement certification through the Donelson Police Academy in 1986 and has received extensive education and training throughout her now 28 years of uninterrupted employment with HCSO. She has served for Sheriff Ken Russell; Sheriff Wayne Clevinger, who promoted her to Patrol Deputy, to Corporal and to Detective; Sheriff Warren Rimer; Sheriff Roger Christian; and Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, who promoted her to current Lieutenant status. She enjoys serving the fine Citizens of Hawkins County. She is a devout Christian and a frustrated but loyal U.T. Vols fan. She is blessed to be married to Jeff and together they triumphantly raised two intelligent and talented children, Dustin and Travis, who are both excelling in Law Enforcement careers. She has two wonderful daughters in law who are nurses, two beautiful grandchildren and four doggies. She enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, boating, motorcycling, flying and karaoke and has performed live singing with the Eddie Skelton band.
Her husband Jeff serves as Chief of Police in Mt. Carmel TN; Jeff’s great uncle Doc Wheelock (deceased) served as Chief of Police in Johnson City TN. Her father, Sergeant Paul Mooneyham Sr. (deceased), served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol; her mother, Phyllis (retired), served as Tennessee Drivers and Commercial license examiner; her brother, Paul, currently serves as Sergeant for the Tennessee Highway Patrol; and her step-father, Phil (deceased) served as Deputy Sheriff for Sullivan County.
Corrections Lt. Butch Gallion
Butch Gallion grew up in Texas. In 1983 after graduating high school he joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman and served for three years.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, Butch went to work for the University of Florida Police Department. After only a short time he was hired by the Marion County Sheriff's Office (Florida). Butch worked his way through the ranks, obtaining the rank of Captain. After 26 years with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, he retired and moved to Tennessee.
After moving to Tennessee, Butch was hired in 2013 by the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office as the Lieutenant over the Corrections Division.
Narcotics Lt. Chad Gillenwater
Lt. Chad Gillenwater is a life-long resident of Hawkins County, Tennessee. Lt. Gillenwater is a 1994 graduate of Volunteer High School and previously attended Bethel University, from where he received his Bachelors of Science in his career field of criminal justice. Lt. Gillenwater also consistently attends various training opportunities, holds significant law enforcement certifications, including FBI Hostage Negotiator certification, and he is a certified Law Enforcement Peer Support Instructor.
Lt. Gillenwater proudly began his career with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a reserve deputy and a corrections officer. In 1997, Lt. Gillenwater was promoted to the patrol division, at which time he successfully completed the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Lt. Gillenwater continued to serve within the Patrol Division and in the upcoming years, served as a patrol shift corporal and later, a patrol shift sergeant.
In 2008, Lt. Gillenwater followed his chosen passion and seized the opportunity to serve as a sergeant within the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit. Lt. Gillenwater investigated short and long-term narcotics investigations, and prosecuted numerous narcotics cases, on both, the state and federal level. In 2011, Lt. Gillenwater was promoted the rank of Lieutenant within the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Gillenwater currently oversees day-to-day operations of the narcotics unit.
Courts, Tranport, Process and SRO Lt. James Woods
Lt. James Woods was born and raised in Rogersville, Tennessee. He attended Rogersville City School and graduated from Cherokee High School in 1984. After high school, Lt. Woods attended Walters State Community College where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1986.
Lt. Woods began his Law Enforcement career with the Bulls Gap Police Department and worked there from 1987 to 1989. Lt. Woods has also worked for Hawkins County 911 Dispatch. Lt. Woods began his career with the Hawkins Count Sheriff’s Office in 1998. In 2001 Lt. Woods graduated from the Walters State Community College Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
During his tour with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Woods has held many positions including Corrections Officer, K-9 Handler, Shift Sergeant and DARE instructor.
Lt. Woods currently supervises day to day operations for Court/Transport, Process Service, Court Security and School Resource Officers. Lt. Woods is also a DREAM Instructor and Crisis Negotiator.
Corrections 1st Sgt. Autumn Armstrong
1st Sergeant Autumn Armstrong has been a resident of Hawkins County for several years. Prior to living in Hawkins County, 1st Sergeant Armstrong lived in Kentucky. While living in Kentucky, 1st Sergeant Armstrong studied for a Bachelors Degree in education at the University of Pikeville, and worked on Masters Degree from Union College. 1st Sergeant Armstrong also played and coached basketball while living in Kentucky, and was placed into the Basketball Hall of Fame for this area of Kentucky and The University of Pikeville College. 1st Sergeant Armstrong was also a school teacher during this time.
In 2003, 1st Sergeant Armstrong chose to become a Law Enforcement Professional, and took employment with the Corrections of America (CCA), and worked for a penitentiary in KY. This penitentiary housed inmates from across the United States, from as far as Hawaii. During this time, 1st Sergeant Armstrong taught Adult Education Classes to inmates, many of which received their GED.
In 2009, after relocating from Kentucky to Tennessee, 1st Sergeant Armstrong became employed by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer. Since that time, 1st Sergeant Armstrong has been promoted from Corrections Officer to the position of Corporal, then to Sergeant, and eventually to the current rank of 1st Sergeant. 1st Sergeant Armstrong currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the Hawkins County Jail.
Corrections 1st Sgt. Donna Carter
1st Sgt Donna Carter is a native of Hawkins County . She started her employment with the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office in May of 2009. Her strong work ethics and determination led her to a First Sergeant's position in the Corrections Division in June 2013 . She also serves as the Facility Training Officer (FTO) in the corrections division.