MOSHEIM, TN (WJHL)- A long-time former sheriff in Northeast Tennessee is now the top cop at a brand new police department.
We first reported back in June that town leaders in Mosheim were voting to establish their very own police department.
The town is currently covered under the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
When we spoke to Mosheim’s Mayor, Tommy Gregg, in June he said there were many reasons the town was moving forward with this idea.
Mayor Gregg discussed everything from potential growth in the area, especially near I-81, to an increase in crime.
He also added that this new department could provide additional police protection for schools in Mosheim.
“As the community grows there’s more need for it, and I think the time is right. We’re not out here to harass, we’re not out here to fee grab, we just want to establish our police department so we can feel that security,” Gregg said.
Once the town approved creating a police department, they appointed former Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns as their acting police chief.
On Monday morning Burns was officially sworn in as the town’s first ever police chief.
Burns served as Greene County Sheriff for 16 years until he was defeated by Pat Hankins in 2014.
Mayor Gregg said Burns should be on the town’s payroll by September 1st and that they could be patrolling the streets of Mosheim by the beginning of 2019.