Monday, September 27, 2010

Local THP Officers Promoted To New Jobs

The Tennessee Department of Safety today officially recognized the promotion of 14 members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  Among them were two officers with local ties.

Mike Hamilton has secured Lieutenant status with the THP District 3, Troop E in Robertson County. Lt. Hamilton was commissioned with the Highway Patrol in March 1997 and was first assigned to patrol duties in Putnam County. In 2000, he joined the Special Operations Team until returning to the road a couple of years later. The Livingston, Tenn., native was promoted to Road Sergeant in the Cookeville District in 2006 and was reassigned to lead the Cumberland County troopers in January 2009.

Jeremy K. Austin, an eight-year member of the THP, has been promoted to Sergeant of the Research, Planning and Development division. Austin began his career with the THP in January 2002, where he was first assigned to Putnam County as a Road Trooper. After a four-year stint on the road, Austin was transferred to RPD in October 2006 to work on the Electronic Crash Reporting System. Sgt. Austin continues to work with the TITAN electronic reporting system and technology, and also serves as the Reporting Agency Coordinator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). Austin, a member of the THP Honor Guard, is married with two young children. They reside in Sparta.