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The Tennessee Highway Patrol Promotes Matt Perry to Lieutenant Colonel Executive Officer

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 07:22pm

NASHVILLE- Commissioner Jeff Long of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security along with Colonel Dereck R. Stewart of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) announced the promotion of Matt Perry to Lieutenant Colonel Executive Officer. His responsibilities include oversight of the Support Services Division, which includes Fleet and Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN).

As Major over the Field Operations West Bureau, he oversaw all road trooper operations in the Patrol’s Nashville, Lawrenceburg, Jackson, and Memphis Districts. Before serving as Major of the West Bureau, he served as the Major over the Administrative Bureau in 2017. In 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Captain over the Nashville District for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He commanded nearly 100 commissioned personnel spanning 12 counties. In 2013, he was promoted to Lieutenant and Commander of the Interdiction Plus Team, liaison to the Tennessee Fusion Center, and coordinator of the license plate reader program.

In 2010, he was promoted to Sergeant over Davidson and Cheatham Counties supervising 11 Troopers. In 2012, Perry was named Nashville District Supervisor of the Year. He worked as a deputy at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department from 2002-2004 before joining the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 2004. Major Perry served as a road Trooper in Williamson County until 2007 when he took a position with the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) as a crash reconstructionist.

Lieutenant Colonel Perry earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and is currently working on his Master’s Degree at MTSU. He and his wife have three children and reside in Williamson County.

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