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 Lowery, an Army veteran, started his law enforcement career in 1987 as a corrections deputy and a patrol deputy at the Sheriff's Office. He joined Smyrna Police Department as a patrol officer in 1990, later promoted to detective, the working his way up to Captain of the Special Services Division.
He has previously served as a Major and Director of the Information Services Division at the Sheriff's Office, as Assistant Chief of Police at La Vergne Police Department, then returned to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office as Deputy Chief.
"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 serving within public safety."
His responsibilities include direct command of the Communications Division and the Information Technology Division. He supervises the Deputy Chiefs who command the Criminal Investigations, Patrol, Special Enforcement Bureau, Detention, School Resource Officers, Administration, Evidence, Maintenance, Fleet, Warrants and Records, Community Services, and the Judicial/Court Security Divisions.
Chief Lowery is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and Oakland High School. He studied communications and robotics at the National Radio Institute. He completed FBI LEEDA Trilogy training, and numerous technical operations, command, or management courses during his 34-year law enforcement career. Chief Lowery has also received honors as Smyrna Police Department's Officer of the Year, and APCO IT Technician 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 26 years and has 41 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 41 years and has two children and four grandchildren.
Kevin Henderson, Chief Deputy of Adult Detention Center
Deputy Chief Kevin Henderson started his role at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center November 1, 2021. He served 30 years at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Division of Corrections. He rose through the ranks to be captain. He recently retired as chief of security with the Division of Corrections.
As chief of security, Henderson handled security issues for inmates, staff, maintenance, meal service and transportation. He supervised about 400 employees at two corrections facilities.
"During my tenure, we became a fiscally solid system. First and foremost I am a servant of the taxpayers," Henderson said. He strives to get the best out of the staff. "I'm a culture changer," said Henderson adding he is a team builder and very inclusive. " I am a stickler for order and I like for things to be done right."
Deputy Chief Henderson is a 25-year veteran. He served in the Iraq war during six years of active duty, four years with the U.S. Navy and two years with the Air National Guard. He served as a U.S. Marines medic. He remained in the Army National Guard.
Preble Acton, Deputy Chief of Support Services
Deputy Chief Acton is a 25-year law enforcement veteran beginning her career with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office in 1986. Since then, Deputy Chief Acton has risen through the ranks and served in a variety of assignments including detention, patrol, narcotics, and criminal investigations. Deputy Chief Acton Leads the Support Service Division which includes Fleet Management, Central Warrants and Records, Community Services, Law Enforcement Training, Facility Management, Payroll, Administrative Services and Human Resources.
Deputy Chief Acton holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and master degree in Professional Studies, both from MTSU. She is a graduate of FBI National Academy 197th and Southern Police Institute 115th Administrative Officers Course.
Major Steve Spence
Major Steve Spence supervises Patrol, School Resource Officers, Criminal Investigations, Criminal and Civil Warrants Deputies, Judicial Services Divisions and the SWAT Team at the Sheriff’s Office.
He joined the Sheriff’s Office July 7, 1987 as a detention Deputy. He rose through the ranks to become a patrol Deputy, Sergeant of Field Training Officers, Lieutenant, Captain of training and equipment, Captain of the Patrol Division and subsequently promoted to Major in command of all law enforcement operations.
Major Spence was the Special Weapons and Tactics commander and one of the original members when the SWAT team was established. He also served as Rutherford County Chairman for Homeland Security District 5.
The Major has completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA) Executive Command Leadership Course, along with several specialized schools, including Basic Terrorism Liaison Officer Course, Crisis Intervention Training Course, Crisis Intervention Training Instructor Course and Train the Trainer Course in Incident Command Systems.
Major Spence earned the Rutherford County Crime Stoppers' Officer of the Year and was awarded the Noon Exchange Club Officer of the Year.