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Tennessee Highway Patrol Names New Captain over Lawrenceburg District

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 04:57am

NASHVILLE –- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott today announced Wayne Sellers as the new captain of the agency’s Lawrenceburg District, effective immediately. Sellers replaced Captain Steven Hazard, who retired earlier this month after 30 years with the THP.   

“Wayne has served a distinguished career entirely in the Lawrenceburg District. He has earned the respect of his peers and the opportunity to lead the troops in the 11 counties throughout his region,” Colonel Trott said. “He’s the right person for the job,” he added. 

Prior to his promotion, Sellers had served as road lieutenant over Giles and Lawrence Counties since January 2002. During that time, he helped formulate strategic plans of enforcement action based on research and data, planned for manpower allocation throughout the region and acted as the district’s field training coordinator. Sellers also assisted with trooper interviews and became one of the subject matter experts in formulating sergeant and lieutenant tests.  

Captain Sellers became a state trooper in 1989. During his tenure, he has received certifications and training in advanced traffic crash investigation, crash reconstruction, vehicular homicide, officer survival and U.S. Marine Corps leadership. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Captain Sellers was raised in Chatham, Kent, England after his father, who served in the U.S. Air Force, was stationed at Mildenhall Air Force Base.  The new Lawrenceburg District Captain moved to Columbia, Tenn., in 1981.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure that our state is a safe, secure place in which to live, work and travel; enforce the law with integrity; and provide customer-focused services professionally and efficiently.

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