GCSO Employee Spotlight Sgt. Gene Hefner

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Our Sheriff’s Office employs just over 100 people including sworn deputies, 911 dispatchers, detention officers, and civilian employees serving Gilmer County. While a lot of you know someone that works here, we are recognizing employees on our page to give more people the opportunity to meet “us.”

This week, we would like to introduce you to Sgt. Gene Hefner. Gene has been employed with the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office since 2010. Gene’s tenure here was briefly interrupted by a year-long stint in Kosovo in 2011 while serving with the National Guard.

Gene is a 2004 graduate of Cherokee High School in Canton, Georgia.

He honorably served with the National Guard for six years. His first job was as a Cashier at Kroger.

During his time with GCSO, he has served in the jail as a Detention Officer, Corporal, and Sergeant. He has been with the Uniform Patrol Division as a Deputy Sheriff, Corporal, and currently serves as a Sergeant since being promoted in August of 2018. In 2018, Gene was awarded a “Combat Award Certificate” at our annual awards banquet.

Gene listed his hobbies as fishing, hunting, and golf. He says pizza is his favorite food, “Cool Hand Luke” is his favorite movie, and the beach is his favorite place to vacation.

What many people may not know about Gene is he and his wife became foster parents about one year ago.

When asked about his favorite part of his job here at GCSO, he states “my coworkers.”

Gene, we sincerely hope working here with all of us has not caused you to go bald in your 30’s!! THANK YOU for the job you do for GCSO and Gilmer citizens!

 

 

(article and photos provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department)

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GCSO Employee Spotlight Detention Officer Wilson Giorgione

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Our Sheriff’s Office employs just over 100 people including sworn deputies, 911 dispatchers, detention officers, and civilian employees serving Gilmer County. While a lot of you know someone that works here, we are recognizing employees on our page to give more people the opportunity to meet “us.”

This week, we would like to introduce you to Detention Officer Wilson Giorgione. Wilson has been employed with GCSO for just under one year and works in our Detention Center.

Wilson is a 2019 graduate of Sonoraville High School in Calhoun, Georgia. Landscaping was his very first job.

The only hobby Wilson has listed is “working out.” He says his favorite movie is “John Wick,” his favorite food is “grilled chicken and white rice,” and says his favorite place to vacation is Florida. He said his favorite thing about his job here at GCSO is his coworkers.

He didn’t have an answer when asked what is one thing most people don’t know about him, but one of his coworkers answered for him and simply says he is an “absolute 100% sweetheart.” We also learned that Wilson is named after his maternal grandfather, Darrell Wilson, who is a retired Asst. District Attorney from our Appalachian Judicial Circuit.

It is truly encouraging to see people like Wilson beginning their law enforcement careers at such an early age!

 

(article and photos provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department)

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Loudon Patrol Sergeant promoted to rank of Criminal Investigations Detective

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LENOIR CITY, Tn. – Sheriff Tim Guider and Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis announced the promotion of a LCSO Patrol Sergeant to the rank of Detective Sergeant earlier today.

Sergeant Jerramie Bowen, who started as a part-time Deputy Sheriff in 1999, is a 21 year veteran of the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office. Bowen was hired as a full-time Corrections Deputy in 2003 and went on to graduate the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2005 when he was moved to the Patrol Division. In 2011, Bowen was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant where he has since overseen the day-to-day operations of the agencies Midnight Shift Squad.

After a formal interview process, which included an external interview panel made up of Investigators from the Knoxville Police Department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Bowen was selected to fill a vacancy left in LCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division after the retirement of Detective Sergeant Patrick Upton.

Sergeant Bowen resides in Lenoir City, and along with his wife of 25 years, Julie, they have two children, Zane and Caleb.

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