Steve Lawson To Rejoin Bradley Sheriff's Office To Head Investigative Division

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Steve Lawson
Steve Lawson

After completing nearly a four-year tenure as the director of the 10th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Steve Lawson will be "coming home to the sheriff's Office" effective Sept. 1 to, once again, head up the Criminal Investigations Division, Sheriff-Elect Eric Watson said.

"I have worked closely with Steve over the years, and I have always been very impressed by his professional approach to criminal investigations. The perfect state audit recently received by Steve and the local DTF underscores my belief Steve Lawson is the best person to fill the post of CID Captain.

I feel fortunate he has chosen to be a part of my new administration," the new sheriff stated.

Sheriff-Elect Watson chose Lt. Keith Edwards as captain of patrol services and Arnold Botts as director of administration. 

Mr. Lawson began his service with the sheriff's office in 1976. He quickly moved up through the ranks as a patrol deputy, detective, and supervisor in both the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions in subsequent years, receiving a promotion to Captain of CID in 1987.

Mr. Lawson took a break from law enforcement from 1988 to 2006 while working for Bowater, Inc. But his interest in criminal investigation and his love of law enforcement lead him back to BCSO in 2006 when he was, once again, asked to become captain and head up the CID. Lawson remained with the sheriff’s office until 2010 when he was selected to become the 10th Judicial DTF Director, the post he currently holds.

A lifelong resident of Bradley County, Mr. Lawson attended Charleston and Michigan Avenue Elementary Schools, and is a graduate of Bradley Central High School. He has studied Criminal Justice at Cleveland State Community College, and he is a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy located in Donelson, Tennessee, as well as the Cleveland State Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy. He and his family also attends Mt. Olive Church of God.

In addition to the two basic academies and Criminal Investigators School, Mr. Lawson has attended numerous specialized law enforcement schools over the years. His specialized training has included the following:  Major Case Investigations, Narcotics and Drug Trafficking, Homicide, Auto Theft, Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement, F.B.I. Fingerprint Training, and many more.

In addition, Mr. Lawson is a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development School, the Law Enforcement Management and Administration School, and he has attended annual Drug Task Force Administration Practices Training as the director of the DTF.

Sheriff-Elect Watson said, "Director Lawson was an extremely effective and popular CID Captain in the past, heading up just about every type of criminal investigation there is, and he is certainly well-familiar with the people and operations of the Criminal Investigations Division.

“There is no doubt about his qualifications to perform this critically important job since he has done it successfully before. I am very pleased to have a person of Steve's caliber as a member of my leadership team."

Mr. Lawson stated, "I have thoroughly enjoyed my service to the 10th Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force over the past four years. I have had the honor of working with some of the finest officers I have ever known. I am sure their success will continue.

"But my heart is, and always has been, in the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, even during the years I was away from it. I appreciate the invitation from Sheriff-Elect Watson to come back to the department and head up CID."

Mr. Lawson is married to Connie Lawson and has three children, Stephen, Dustin and Chase.

 

 


Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz To Visit Chattanooga Aug. 10

Senator Ted Cruz, a candidate for the Republican nomination for president, will be visiting Chattanooga on  Monday, Aug. 10 at 9 a.m . His stop in Chattanooga at the Hamilton County Republican Party Headquarters will be the first leg in a whirlwind bus tour across Tennessee and several other states.   His “Biscuits & Gravy” morning stop in Chattanooga will ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ABRAHAM, CHRISTIAN  4921 FRONTAGE ROAD CLEVELAND, 37321  Age at Arrest: 22 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE SPEEDING SEAT BELT LAW VIOLATION --- ADAMS, MARDARREIUS FOOQUON  707 RICHARDSON STREET ROSSVILLE, 30741  Age at ... (click for more)

Chattanooga's Memorial Day - And Response

It is recorded in the Fourth Chapter of the Book of Joshua, that after the nation had crossed the River Jordan, Joshua would receive a divine commandment to choose 12 men from among the people and tell them to take 12 stones from the middle of the river.  Each man placed a stone on their shoulder which represented one of the tribes of Israel, and served as a memorial ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In August 2015

Those in the know tell me the month of August is National Peach Month, so as I take a stroll through garden, I am paying particular attention to the poppy and the gladiolus because they are the “birth flowers" of this month. But as we dole out our months Orchids and Onions, let’s substitute a peach and a pit, that hard seed you find when you bite into a peach. A PEACH to the ... (click for more)

CFC Hosts Indiana, Officials Hoping For 9,999+

 The Chattanooga Football Club is set to host the NPSL national semifinal match Saturday night at Finley Stadium.  CFC will take on the Indiana Fire who won the Midwest Region championship.   The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.   Last year, Chattanooga hosted Sacramento in a national semifinal game and drew more almost 9,000 fans.  Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Christian School Adds Fitness and Wellness Center

Blend together a 5,000 square foot fitness/wellness area with state-of-the-art team meeting rooms, varsity locker rooms, coaches’ offices, public restrooms and a large concession area able to handle fans viewing three sporting events simultaneously and one has the Powerhouse. Collier Construction is putting the finishing touches on the new, 14,000 square foot fitness and wellness ... (click for more)