Prior to being appointed Commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Jeff Long was elected Sheriff of Williamson County in August 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence Degree from Nashville School of Law. He has served in the criminal justice field for the past 46 years as an Assistant District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District, Special Agent in Charge with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Investigator for the 21st Judicial District, Arson Investigator with the Tennessee Fire Marshall’s Office, Captain with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Hospital Police Officer with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Throughout his career, Long has received special acknowledgements including the Task Force Against Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Award, John Marshall American Inns of Court, Master Hall of Fame Morris Heithcock Lodge 41 FOP award, and Commendation from FBI Director Williams S. Sessions. He was also awarded the Nashville Business Journal, Williamson County 2013 Impact Award, the 2013 Law Enforcement of the Year by the Williamson County Bar Association, the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, and the 2013 Tennessee Sheriff of the Year Award.
Long also had the honor of serving on the Dignitary Protection Detail for Presidents Reagan, Clinton, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth. He is past president of the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association, a current member of the National Sheriffs’ Association and current member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In 2014, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Sheriff Long to the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
Commissioner Long was appointed Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security by Governor Bill Lee and was sworn in immediately after the Governor in January 2019.
Commissioner Long resides in Williamson County with his wife, Dora. They have two children, Julie and Justin and five grandchildren.
Deputy Commissioner | Chief of Staff Terry Ashe
Terry Ashe serves as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. He is the top advisor to Commissioner Jeff Long and oversees the daily operations of the department.
Deputy Commissioner | General Counsel Roger Hutto
Roger Hutto has been a dedicated and loyal state employee for over forty years. He began his career in state government working for the Department of General Services (1976-1983) as a purchasing agent administering various statewide contracts while attending law school. He graduated from law school in 1980; was licensed in 1981, and then transferred to the Department of Safety in 1983 as a staff attorney.
Deputy Commissioner | Colonel Matt Perry
Matt Perry was promoted to Colonel in December 2020. Prior to his promotion, Perry served as Executive Officer to the Colonel where he oversaw the Support Services Division which includes Fleet and the Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN).
Assistant Commissioner Paula Shaw
Paula Shaw is the Assistant Commissioner of the Driver Services Division. Assistant Commissioner Shaw has 30 years of experience in public administration with a diverse background in the motor vehicle and transportation industry with emphasis on regulatory, business excellence and project management. Prior to becoming the Assistant Commissioner of Driver Services, she was the Executive Director of the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission.
Director Gregory Mays
Gregory A. Mays was appointed as the Director of Homeland Security at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security in January 2020. Prior to his appointment, Director Mays had a distinguished career with the United States Secret Service, retiring as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAIC) of the Nashville Field Office. During that time, he managed the Secret Service’s integrated missions of protecting the nation’s key leaders and conducting criminal investigations to protect the nation’s financial system.
Director Clyde "Buddy" Lewis
Clyde (Buddy) D. Lewis. Buddy was named director of the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) in October 2019. He is a native of Tipton County, Tennessee, has a long career in public service, which started immediately upon graduation from Byars Hall High School in Covington, Tennessee.
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