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Sevierville Police Department Employees Recognized

Sevierville Police Department Employees Recognized

The City of Sevierville Police Department recently recognized several employees for their contributions to the community and department for 2015. Some awards, such as the Employee of the Year, were peer recognition awards, whereas others, such as the Governor’s Highway Safety Office awards, were from an outside agency or organization. Additional information on each award is available upon request.

Officer Graham Ownby (left), Employee of the Year, and Lieutenant David Finchum (right), Employee of the Year Runner-Up were recognized by their peers for overall performance.

Officers Bruce Belitz, Governor’s Highway Safety Office – East Tennessee Officer of the Year

Officer James Fox, Governor’s Highway Safety Office – East Tennessee Officer of the Year

Officer Justin Armstrong, Governor’s Highway Safety Office – DUI Officer of the Year

Lieutenant Ken Garner, State of Tennessee Certified Emergency Management Professional Achievement

Captain Matthew Ayers, FBI National Academy Program Graduate Achievement


American Police Hall of Fame Recognition:

Lieutenant David Finchum, Life Saving Award

Detective Kevin Bush, Knights of Justice Award

Reserve Officer (Retired) Arthur “Milo” Bohanan, Distinguished Police Service Award (50+ Years)

Sergeant Rebecca Cowan, Honor Award for Public Service

Sergeant Jamie Roberts, Honor Award for Public Service

Captain Matthew Ayers, John Edgar Hoover Memorial Award

Detective Ray Brown, Criminal Investigation Award

Detective Dweese Milliron, Criminal Investigation Award

Dispatcher Doug Hill, Civilian Medal of Appreciation

Lieutenant Eric Ramsey, General Commendation Award

Officer Graham Ownby, General Commendation Award

Officer Bruce Belitz, General Commendation Award

Officer Josh Bright, General Commendation Award


The following employees received formal Letters of Commendation from the Chief of Police:

Sergeant Jamie Roberts (twice awarded)

Sergeant TC Faulconer

Lieutenant Eddie Helton

Officer Eric Denton

K9 Officer Jason Owens (twice awarded)

Officer Mike Israel (twice awarded)

Sergeant Bryan Lewelling

Officer Michael Maddron (twice awarded)

Officer Graham Ownby

Officer Shain Burgess

Officer Robbie Nelms (twice awarded)

Officer Adam Akers

Officer Matt Nicol

Reserve Officer Larry Loveday

Reserve Officer Donnie Howell

Officer James Fox

Officer Bruce Belitz

K9 Officer Justin Armstrong (twice awarded)

K9 Officer Brandan Perry (three-times awarded)

Officer Shawn Crawford

K9 Officer Preston Parrish

Officer Phillip West (twice awarded)

Lieutenant Todd Naillon

Lieutenant Ken Garner

Sergeant Rebecca Cowan

Officer Eddie Diggs

Officer Thomas Thompson (twice awarded)

Sharla McClure

Sherri Aagenes

Lou Webb

Kimberly Graves

Cindy Ellison

Barbara Parrish


The following officers, assigned to “D” shift, were commended for outstanding accomplishment in DUI arrests for 2015:

Lieutenant David Finchum

Sergeant Rebecca Cowan

Officer Matt Nicol

K9 Officer Brandan Perry

Officer Phillip West

Officer Graham Brantley

Officer Justin Armstrong

Officer James Fox

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