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Posted on: December 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Promotions, Additions Announced by Sheriff Keith Sexton

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Promotions, additions announced by Sheriff Keith Sexton


JONESBOROUGH – Washington County Sheriff Keith Sexton announced promotions and additions during a press conference today.

 “We have experience on our side in the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and I am pleased to publicly announce the following promotions and additions,” Sheriff Sexton said.

As a former Johnson City Police officer, Sexton brought three individuals with him:

  • Former Johnson City Police Chief John Lowry serves as Chief Deputy, bringing more than 40 years in public service to the job. Chief Deputy Lowry served Johnson City as its Chief for 10 years and brings a wealth of law enforcement and organizational management experience to the position. 
  • Thomas Dillard, who served as an investigator with the Johnson City Police Department, joins the new administration as Captain, leading the Criminal Investigations Department. 
  • Don Finley, who will be the County’s new Jail Administrator.

Five current WCSO deputies were promoted by Sexton:

  • Randall Wines was promoted to Captain. Wines began his service with the WCSO in 1992.
  • Kevin Sanders is now a Lieutenant, School Resource Officers. He’s been with WCSO since 1996.
  • Coit Dixon joined WCSO in 2002, and was promoted by Sheriff Sexton to Lieutenant, Platoon One.
  • Kevin Hurd, who joined the WCSO’s Reserves in 2008, became a full-time deputy in 2015. Sheriff Sexton promoted him to Sergeant with the Training Unit.
  • Tim Moore began his career with WCSO as a reserve in 2006 before being hired in 2007. Sheriff Sexton named him Sergeant, Platoon Three.

 Sheriff Sexton expects to make additional changes as he moves through his first 30 days in office. During its November meeting, the Washington County Commission voted unanimously to appoint Sexton as Sheriff to fill the remainder of former Sheriff Ed Graybeal’s term in office. Graybeal retired Sept. 1, 2021.

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