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Rutherford County
Sheriff's Office
940 New Salem Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 898-7720

Detention Major Tommy Thompson


Major Tommy Thompson serves as the Commander over the Detention Division, which includes the Adult Detention Center, Transportation, and Maintenance.  

He manages a staff of the approximately 150 employees who ensure the custody, safety, and care of all prisoners housed in the 958-bed Adult Detention Center at 940 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro.

Major Thompson started his law enforcement career in December of 1983 as a Deputy United States Marshal. He served in San Diego, California, in Court and Fugitive Operations and in Atlanta, Georgia in both Court Operations and in the Asset Forfeiture/Seized Property Unit.   In late 1990, Major Thompson was promoted to Supervisory Deputy Marshal in Memphis. He was promoted to Chief Deputy U. S. Marshal in 1998, serving in both Memphis and Nashville until 2013, when he retired to accept his current position.

With the U.S. Marshal’s Service, he protected different federal judges, including Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and served as the National Commander of Operation FALCON, a nationwide fugitive operation sponsored by the Marshal’s Service.  Operation FALCON, which ran in June of 2009, led to the arrest of over 35,000 individuals wanted on felony warrants throughout the United States.

He attended the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University and the Leadership Development Program at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.  

Major Thompson graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1981. A resident of Rutherford County since 2006, Major Thompson is involved in coaching youth football, basketball, and soccer. He sings in his church choir.  He serves as the trombone section leader in a local community band and enjoys supporting the MTSU Blue Raiders as a BRAA member. He competes in sports both on the soccer field and the golf course. Major Thompson is married with one daughter and three sons.  

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