After 34 years in law enforcement, including the last 15 as Tipton County sheriff, Pancho Chumley is retiring.

Chumley issued a press release to Tipton County Executive Jeff Huffman and the county commission today to say he is stepping down at the end of this month.

“I am blessed to have served with some of the most professional and dedicated men and women in law enforcement for the past 34 years,” Chumley wrote in the release. “The great people of Tipton County have allowed me to serve as sheriff for the last 15 of those 34 years. My family and I are forever grateful for the honor and privilege to serve in that capacity. I am excited about the opportunity to utilize the education and experience gained over these past years as I undertake new and challenging endeavors.”


Chief Deputy Shannon Beasley, second in command, will assume the role of sheriff on Sept. 1. When the county commission meets on Sept. 13 it will appoint Beasley or somebody else as sheriff until one is elected in the Aug. 4, 2022 general election.

Chumley began his law enforcement career at 19 and attended the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy later that same year. In 2000, he graduated from the 200th Session of the FBI National Academy, one of the most prestigious law enforcement leadership training programs in the world and host to many foreign law enforcement counterparts.

Throughout his years of service, Chumley rose through the ranks to the position of deputy chief. In 2006, he was elected as sheriff and ran, without opposition, for three more terms.

“I will truly miss the daily interaction with my staff and the many friends that I have made along the way,” Chumley wrote. “Law enforcement and serving the people of Tipton County as sheriff has provided many great memories and experiences. I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition and I will make myself available to assist after my departure if needed. I am confident that I am leaving the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office in very capable hands.”

Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland