Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh
Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh was elected as Rutherford County Sheriff in September, 2018.
He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a patrol officer and soon trained new deputies. He served as a patrol sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He supervised the communications, records and warrants divisions. He earned the Rutherford County Crime Stoppers’ Officer of the Year.
Fitzhugh started out his career at BellSouth where he rose in the ranks to serve as manager of marketing, corporate and community affairs, personnel and business marketing.
He is a graduate of Central High School in Murfreesboro. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
Fitzhugh volunteered at the Rutherford County Rescue Squad and served as the director for four years.
He and his wife, Janice, have six children and 16 grandchildren. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.
Fitzhugh is an active support of MTSU football and men’s and women’s basketball. He enjoys reading and lake activities.
Chief Deputy Keith Lowery
Keith D. Lowery serves as Deputy Chief of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
Chief Deputy Lowery started his law enforcement career in 1987 as a corrections deputy and patrol deputy at the Sheriff’s Office. He joined Smyrna Police Department as a patrol officer in 1990, working his way up to captain of the Special Services Division. He previously served as the Information Services Division Director at the Sheriff’s Office and Assistant Chief of Police at La Vergne Police Department. “I endeavor to help the Sheriff’s Office continue to progress,” Lowery said. “I want to move people in a common direction, to assist in completing projects and to undertake any unforeseen challenges. It is my vision to maintain and expand the rapport with the other public safety agencies and to continue to grow in my career as a servant within public safety.”
His responsibilities include direct command of the Communications Division and the Information Technology Division. He will supervise Criminal Investigations, Patrol, Special Enforcement Bureau, Detention, School Resource Officers, Warrants and Records, Communications and Judicial/Court Security Divisions.
Chief Deputy Lowery is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and Oakland High School. He completed FBI LEEDA Trilogy training and received honors as Smyrna Police Department’s Officer of the Year and Crime Stoppers’ Officer of the Year.
Deputy Chief Egon Grissom
Deputy Chief Egon Grissom joined the Rutherford County Sheriffs Office in 1995 after retiring from the United States Air Force after his career as a Law Enforcement Specialist and Investigator. He worked his way through the ranks becoming a sergeant in the patrol division in 1998. He was assigned to the Narcotics Unit in 2003 and became the lieutenant of the unit in 2006.
In October 2012, he was promoted to captain over the Patrol Division, major in February 2014, and deputy chief in February 2017. Deputy Chief Grissom is responsible for overseeing the Patrol Division, Warrants and Records Division, Criminal and Civil Warrants, Judicial Services Unit, Training Unit, S.W.A.T, Criminal Investigations Division, the School Resource Officers and the Community Services Unit.
Deputy Chief Grissom has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 22 years and has 39 years of law enforcement experience with numerous management and leadership schools, including the Southern Police Institute’s Management of a Small Law Enforcement Agency and Chief Executive Leadership Course. He is a graduate of the 132nd Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville.
Deputy Chief Grissom has been married for 38 years and has two children and two grandchildren.
Deputy Chief Chris Fly
Deputy Chief Chris Fly was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Adult Detention Center in February 2019 after serving as the center captain two years.
His primary duties include supervising daily operations of the Detention and Booking Divisions, making budget recommendations, addressing inmates’ concerns and recommending on improvements.
Fly previously served as sergeant and accreditation manager for the county Correctional Work Center where he ensured the center’s compliance with the American Correctional Association’s Standards.
He started his corrections career in April 1997 with the county Juvenile Detention Center. As the assistant director, he ensured compliance with state standards, coordinated training, handled budgets, billing and receiving, hired employees and served as court liaison.
Fly earned a bachelor’s degree in management and human relations from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2018.
He graduated from the National Jail Leadership Command Academy. He is certified as a National Institute of Corrections Direct Supervisor Trainer and an auditor for the American Correctional Association.
Preble Acton, Deputy Chief of Support Services
The Division is comprised of several different units and areas including Fleet Management, Central Warrants and Records, Property and Evidence, Community Services, Training, Facility Management, Payroll, Administrative Services and Human Resources. It is the goal of this unit to provide essential support for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and will serve as the central administrative office for all fiscal related activities for RCSO. It identifies optimal uses of existing revenue, prepares and monitors the departments operating and capital budget.
She earned her Master’s degree in Professional Studies from MTSU in May 2010, completed the FBI National Academy in 1999 and the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers’ Course in 2006, and attended numerous professional courses over her 34 years of experience in law enforcement in Rutherford County.
Major Steve Spence
Major Steve Spence supervises Patrol, School Resource Officers, Criminal and Civil Warrants Deputies, Judicial Services, and Investigative Services Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.
He joined the Sheriff’s Office 30 years ago as a detention deputy. He rose through the ranks to patrol deputy, field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major in the Patrol Division.
Spence has served as a field training officer, physical fitness instructor, chemical weapons instructor, tactical team member, tactical commander, incident command instructor, Crisis Intervention Team instructor and the Rutherford County Chairman for Homeland Security District 5.
He completed the FBI LEEDA Executive Command Leadership Course in 2016. He has completed numerous specialized schools such as the Regional Collaboration Course, the Basic Terrorism Liaison Officer Course and Leadership Skills for Challenging Times.