Lt. Colonel Tony Barham
Tony Barham was promoted to Major and Executive Officer to the colonel in May 2015. Prior to his promotion, Lt. Colonel Barham served as Captain of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Special Programs Unit since 2009. The unit consisted of all administrative functions of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, including Pupil and Daycare Transportation Safety, as well as Safety Education and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) programs. As Captain, Barham oversaw the Special Programs administrative personnel, who are responsible for providing educational and training programs on a variety of public and traffic safety concerns to citizens across the state. He began his career with the Highway Patrol in 1988 as a road trooper in Giles County. Barham also served in Hardin and McNairy counties until he was promoted to Sergeant in 2003. In 2008, Barham was promoted to Lieutenant over the Nashville District’s Special Programs Unit. He received his bachelor’s degree from Freed Hardeman University, and is a 2003 graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command.