Tennessee State Trooper Terminated Following Internal Investigation Into Misconduct

Monday, October 21, 2013
Trooper Tommie Boleyn
Trooper Tommie Boleyn

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott announced Monday that a Tennessee state trooper in the Lawrenceburg District has been terminated from the department. 

The department dismissed Trooper Tommie Boleyn following an internal investigation into allegations that Boleyn violated THP policies and procedures during an on-duty incident on Aug. 31 in Shelbyville.

The internal investigation revealed that during a DUI stop in Shelbyville, Mr. Boleyn did not follow stop and approach procedures; did not identify himself as a Tennessee state trooper; and engaged in two physical altercations with the DUI suspect, although the suspect was not physically aggressive.

The suspect was charged with DUI, and a criminal case is pending.

A memorandum of disciplinary action was delivered to Mr. Boleyn on Monday that states gross misconduct; conduct unbecoming of an employee in state service; and brutality in the performance of duties as reasons for the dismissal. The memo goes on to state that “Boleyn’s actions have seriously impaired his usefulness and efficiency as a public servant,” and that his actions “cast doubt upon his competency and ability to discharge his duties…”

“We expect more out of our state troopers, and this type of behavior will not be tolerated. We acted swiftly to thoroughly investigate the allegations and take the appropriate and necessary disciplinary action,” Commissioner Gibbons said.

“The actions of this trooper are not reflective of the hundreds of men and women who honorably wear the Tennessee Highway Patrol badge and put their lives on the line to protect citizens every day,” Colonel Trott said.

The department has referred this matter to the district attorney as possible criminal behavior. The department had previously disciplined Mr. Boleyn for unprofessional conduct and excessive force.

Per state law, Mr. Boleyn’s termination is effective Oct. 31. He has been on discretionary leave with pay since Sept. 9, when the investigation was initiated. All departmental equipment including weapons, badges and commission card were secured at that time. 

Mr. Boleyn, 48, started his second term with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in November of 2009. Boleyn was initially hired in July of 2000; however, he resigned after nearly eight years with the agency before returning in 2009.

Mr. Boleyn was assigned to the THP Lawrenceburg District during both terms. He has worked in Bedford, Marshall and Lincoln counties.

It is the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s policy to warn, suspend, demote or dismiss any employee whenever just or legal cause exists. Employees shall not commit any act that would reflect discredit upon themselves or the department while on or off duty.


Keith Carter Was Man Shot In Knee On W. 38th Street; Still Won't Cooperate With Police

The man shot at 262 West 38 th St., on Monday afternoon was 22-year-old Keith Carter. He continues to be uncooperative with Investigators. Carter was shot in the knee. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for the non-life threatening injury.    Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call ... (click for more)

Audio Of County Commission Meeting 7/30/14

Thankful For Senators Alexander And Corker's Support Of The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Fleet

America’s national security at home and abroad is important to all of us.  So it is very important to recognize and thank our leaders when they show strong support for our military. That’s why I am writing to thank Senators Alexander and Corker for their continued commitment to our great state, our nation, and especially to our military.  Their support ensures that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Scottsboro’s Pat Trammell

I got a warm feeling Tuesday when it was announced Pat Trammell will be among those in the inaugural class of the Jackson County (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame. When the august group is enshrined at Scottsboro’s Goose Pond Civic Center on Nov. 1, most folks won’t even know who Pat Trammell was but I knew all about him in my very first year as a fledgling sports writer back in 1967 and, ... (click for more)

Recap of 17 Stop, Prep Football Tour

Starting at Soddy Daisy at 7:44 a.m. and leaving Silverdale 14 hours later ( 9:58 p.m.), the fifth annual Chattanoogan.com prep football tour made whistle stops at 17 schools covering 220 miles.   The Chattanooga Jamboree is Aug. 15-16 at Finley Stadium and the season openers are Thurs. Aug. 21   - Cleveland vs. McCallie (Finley Stadium) ... (click for more)

Stars Shutout Lookouts Tuesday, 2-0

Huntsville, AL-Huntsville native Jed Bradley did it all Tuesday night for the Huntsville Stars.  He pitched six shutout innings and also provided the only offense in a 2-0 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts at Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville. Recap Bradley, broke up the scoreless game in the fifth as he was locked up in a terrific pitcher's duel with Chattanooga lefty ... (click for more)