Sheriff's Department

Washington County Sheriff's Office

112 W. Jackson Blvd., Jonesborough, TN 37659

Sheriff Ed Graybeal
Phone: (423) 788-1414



Ed Graybeal was sworn in on September 1, 2014 to begin serving his fourth term as Washington County Sheriff.

Graybeal began his government career as an employee with the Washington County Highway Department in 1979. He became a deputy for the Sheriff's Department a year later, and was promoted to sergeant in 1981.

Graybeal was promoted to lieutenant in 1991, and supervised the support services division until being named commander of the criminal investigation division in 1992. In 1993, Graybeal was transferred to the Patrol Division, where he became watch commander in 1994.

Graybeal was promoted to Major in 1996, and acted as executive officer for the department until being promoted to Chief Deputy in 2002.

The sheriff and deputies are the conservators of the peace in Washington County, and may enforce civil and criminal laws. They also serve legal process, take custody of the jail or workhouse and prisoners, and may deputize any citizen of the county to assist in carrying out the duties of the office.

Elected to a four-year term, the sheriff must have the following qualifications:

* Be at least 21 years old
* Be a qualified voter of the county
* Be a high school graduate or equivalent
* Have no felony convictions by a U.S. federal, state or territorial court
* Have no armed forces discharge other than an honorable discharge
* Have fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
* Be free from apparent mental disorders
* Be a citizen of the United States and Tennessee
* Not be a member of the General Assembly or a practicing attorney

The sheriff may collect fees, which are turned over to the trustee. The office, though, remains on the salary system, with appropriations for salaries and expenses paid from the county general fund, rather than fees, to help insure the fair and impartial administration of law enforcement duties.

Any newly employed deputy, special or part-time deputy must meet certain minimum standards similar to those required for sheriffs.