Major Michael Hamilton
Major Hamilton started his law enforcement career with the Overton County Sheriff’s Department in 1994. In 1996, he joined the Cookeville Police Department working there for one year before starting the Tennessee Highway Patrol Academy in March of 1997. Major Hamilton was the top cadet of THP Class 897.
Upon graduating the academy, Major Hamilton was assigned to patrol Putnam County, Tennessee. He worked patrol for two and a half years before transferring to the Special Operations Team. He was with Special Operations for more than two years before transferring back to patrol in Putnam County, Tennessee.
In September of 2006, he was promoted to Sergeant and served as a Troop Sergeant in the Cookeville District until April 2010. He then transferred to the CALEA/Staff Inspections Unit in Nashville, serving in this capacity for four months.
In July 2010, he was promoted to serve as Troop E Lieutenant in the Nashville District. One year later, Major Hamilton was transferred to the Internal Investigations Unit. He was promoted to Captain in 2016.
Major Hamilton received an Associate’s Degree from Vol State Community College and is scheduled to graduate from Tennessee Tech in 2017. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the TGMI Leadership program. Major Hamilton was a charter member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard and served in that capacity for more than 9 years.