Major Michelle Jones, with the Morristown Police Department, was recently elected as chairman of The Upper East Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Council. Jones is the first female chair for the council. Before being elected as chairman, she served as vice chair.
According to Jones, “the council serves as an information sharing forum for crimes and other matters which impact the East Tennessee region.” At every meeting topics that have an impact on the law enforcement community are discussed. State and local leaders are often invited to attend the meetings and be presenters. Future presenters include Congressman Phil Roe, Department of Safety Commissioner Larry Godwin, and Governor Highway Safety Officer Kendell Poole.
Seventy police chiefs, sheriffs, and other law enforcement administrators from regional agencies form the council. For more than 25 years, the council has served as an advisory board for Walter’s State Community College Criminal Justice Program.
Jones has been with the Morristown Police Department since 1998. She is currently the Administration Division Major; she oversees grant writing, special projects, and statistical information gathering. In addition, she is the commander of the Crisis Negotiations Team, the Public Information Unit, and is over the Records Division as well as the Accreditation Division.
In 2008, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police awarded Jones with Police Officer of the Year. The Morristown Police Department has awarded her with several recognitions and awards throughout her career.
Jones holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Carson-Newman College. Jones is also a graduate of the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy, administered by the University of Tennessee.