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Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces New Knoxville District Captain

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 11:22am

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the appointment of Jessie W. Brooks to Captain of the agency’s Knoxville District. Brooks had served as the Captain in the THP’s Chattanooga District since 2013. This new assignment is effective March 30.

This appointment is prompted by the retirement of Captain David McGill, who began his career with the agency in 1986. He oversaw the Knoxville District since 2013, and prior to that, served as captain of the 12-county Chattanooga District for just over two years.  

“We appreciate David’s contribution to the THP in both the Knoxville and Chattanooga Districts. He has been a tireless worker and a dedicated employee who will be missed,” Colonel Trott said. 

Captain Brooks is a 32-year veteran of the THP. Prior to leading the Chattanooga District, he served as Administrative Lieutenant in the Knoxville District for four years. In that role, he oversaw the operations of the office and staff. Brooks also held positions as Safety Education Lieutenant, Troop Sergeant, and Litter Sergeant in Knoxville. He also has extensive experience in dignitary protection. 

“Jessie has served the state well in Chattanooga and deserves the right to return to his home district of Knoxville. With his leadership, the Knoxville District will continue to be in good hands,” Trott said. 

Brooks started his career with the THP as Road Trooper in 1981, assigned to Roane and later Knox Counties. He served as a Deputy in the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department from 1975 to 1981.  Brooks is also a veteran of the United States Navy Reserve.  

Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bethel University and is working towards a master’s degree. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command School. 

The new Chattanooga District Captain will be announced in the coming weeks. 

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

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