The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office congratulated and thanked Assistant Chief Douglas Tackett on his retirement after 40 years of service to Montgomery County.
Tackett started his career with the sheriff’s office in 1980 as a jail deputy. In 1982, he was promoted to sergeant; in 1991, he was promoted to lieutenant and jail administrator. He was promoted to captain in 2000 and assistant chief in 2012.
He is one of longest serving jail administrators in Tennessee. In 2018, he was recognized as jail administrator of the year.
During his tenure at the sheriff’s office, he helped oversee two remodels on the original 1957 jail building, construction on the 1986 jail building and construction on the current jail facility, which was completed in 2004. He has seen the jail staff grow from 11 sworn deputies to more than 200 sworn deputies, clerks and administration staff.
Tackett is a graduate of the first class the Tennessee Corrections Institute provided on jail management. He went on to be a certified instructor with TCI, teaching other facilities how to increase the safety and security of deputies and inmates while maintaining compliance with state jail standards.
During his retirement ceremony Sheriff John Fuson presented Tackett his retirement badge, gun, plaque, flag and declaration that highlighted his achievements.
State Rep. Jason Hodges presented Tackett with a proclamation from the Tennessee legislature.
Tennessee Corrections Institute director William Wall presented Tackett the TCI’s first lifetime achievement award.
Robertson County Sheriff Mike VanDyke and jail administrator Maj. Tony Crawford presented Tackett with a certificate of appreciation.
On behalf of Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Fuson presented Tackett with a proclamation from Montgomery County.
“Chief Doug Tackett has been a strong part of the history on the Montgomery County sheriff’s office for the last 40 years. The sheer volume of knowledge and wisdom that he has attained over those years is irreplaceable. It was an honor to work with Doug and I know that his presence will be missed in our office, but his legacy and the many seeds that he has sewn will remain with us for years to come,” said Fuson.
“We are grateful for his service and wish him all of the best that retirement has to give. He has certainly more than earned it.”