ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson always has high praise for his county’s constables for relieving his department of much of the county’s court process service duties.
On Saturday, the Tennessee Constable Association returned the praise by naming Lawson this year’s Sheriff of the Year at the TCA’s annual convention in Pigeon Forge.
TCA CEO Henry Price, a longtime Sullivan County constable, told the Times-News Wednesday Lawson is the seventh Tennessee sheriff to receive the award, and the second from this region behind Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson.
“As far as we were concerned, it was a no-brainer this year,” Price said. “He’s done an awful good job, and everybody I speak to says he’s done a lot with the drugs, and a lot of meth labs have been destroyed under his supervision.
“He was chosen for his good law enforcement record, for working well with the public, and for working well with the constables. He’s somebody we can talk to, and he allows the Hawkins County constables to attend some of his training sessions, which is cooperation we don’t get in every county.”
Lawson said he was pleasantly surprised to receive the award.
“I’ve always been a firm believer in teamwork between the sheriff’s office, the police department, fire departments, EMS and constables,” Lawson said. “We all have the same mission — to protect and serve the community, and I try to be as cooperative with the constables as I am with any other organization. In many situations they’re free labor to assist my office, and very happy to do it.
“They serve a lot of process, which helps my office out tremendously, which takes the burden off of us and allows my deputies to spend more time protecting the communities.”