Chief Deputy Mike Owen
Chief Owen has 30 years of military service in the Army and Air National Guard. He is a retired Chief Master Sergeant who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chief Owen has 28 years of Law Enforcement experience. Prior to his appointment as Chief Deputy he served as the head of the Narcotics Unit and Commander of the Special Response Team for Wilson County. Chief Owen spent 6 years with DOE stationed at the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex in Oak Ridge Tn where he served in the protective security division. Chief Owen obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Belmont University.
Assistant Chief Lance Howell
Assistant Chief Lance Howell has served in law enforcement for over twenty-nine years, starting his career as financial officer/investigator for the 15th Judicial District Task Force for eight years. In 1996, Howell continued his career as a Sergeant Detective at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. After more than nine years of serving as a criminal investigator, Howell transferred to the Corrections division for a short time as Jail Administrator and then to the Administrative Division. Howell then served as Deputy Director for the Tennessee Corrections Institute with the State of Tennessee for three years, before returning to Wilson County in 2014, where he served as Major over the Patrol, Reserves, Warrants and Communications Divisions until August 2016. Howell is now Assistant Chief Deputy over Administrative Services.
Major Mike Hale
Major Hale began his career in Law Enforcement in 1981 at the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Hale joined the Wilson County Sheriff's Office in 1984, then went to the Lebanon Police Department in 1988. After obtaining the rank of Detective, Hale was assigned to the DEA Task Force in Nashville until 2010, returning to the Lebanon Police Department as Captain of Special Operations Division. In 2016 Hale joined the WCSO as Major of Patrol, Criminal Warrants and Dispatch. Hale holds numerous Law Enforcement certifications.
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Detective Major Robert Stafford
Detective Major Robert Stafford has served as a law enforcement officer in Wilson Co. TN for over eighteen years. Starting his career as a patrol officer in Mt. Juliet TN, Stafford eventually served as a motor officer in the traffic enforcement role. In 2003, Stafford continued his career as a patrol officer at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. After more than ten years of serving in patrol, Stafford transferred to the detective division. Stafford served as a detective mainly investigating sexual and elder abuse. In 2014, Stafford graduated from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Leadership Academy.
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Major David Bennett
Bennett is a 1988 graduate of Lebanon High School. He began his career with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office in 1999 as a corrections officer. During his tenure in the jail, Bennett was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 2004 Bennett attended and graduated the Tennessee Law Enforcement academy. Upon graduation Bennett was assigned to the SRO division as the SRO for West Wilson Middle School. Bennett held this position until 2013 when he was promoted to Sergeant over the west Wilson County School SROs. During this portion of his career Bennett had the opportunity to assist in working in other divisions: patrol, civil process, courts and CID. Besides basic police training, Bennett has also attended the following schools: NASRO, Instructor Development, Law Enforcement Management, Court Security and Jail Administrator school. In September 2014 Bennett accepted the rank of Captain and became the Jail administrator at the Wilson County Sheriff's Office and was promoted to Major in 2016.
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