Police chief announces promotion of Goff to sergeant

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Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner announced Friday that Student Resource Officer Lorrie Goff has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. A 29-year-veteran of the JCPD, Sgt. Goff will oversee the School Resource Officer Unit. Sgt. Goff was selected following a thorough promotional process consisting of a written test, job-specific written exercises, and an assessment/interview. Points are also awarded for education level, and work history is evaluated.  

“The Johnson City Police Department and the Johnson City School System have built a great relationship that allows us to work together to increase the safety of both students and staff. Sgt. Goff has the experience and management skills that will further strengthen and enhance that partnership,” said Chief Turner.

Sgt. Goff joined the JCPD in 1989 and has served in multiple roles, including as a field training officer, on the Honor Guard, and as part of the Crisis Response Team. Sgt. Goff became an SRO in 1999 and was named the unit’s officer in charge in 2008. She is a 2001 graduate of East Tennessee State University, earning a master’s degree in sociology and also completed the Municipal Management Academy in 2009.

“Sgt. Goff is a strong advocate for school safety and has a tremendous desire to continue to work with the Johnson City School System for the betterment of our city’s schools,” Chief Turner added. “She enjoys working with students of all ages and is well prepared for her new role. I look forward to working with her in that capacity.”

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