A 25-year veteran of the Chattanooga Police Department has been appointed Chief Deputy of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said Thursday that CPD Lieutenant Austin Garrett will serve as head of the Command Staff and as the sheriff's executive administrator.

“Lieutenant Austin Garrett will be a strong leadership addition to the ranks of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy,” stated Sheriff Jim Hammond. “Austin will bring a variety of knowledge and expertise as a career law enforcement officer who has served in numerous positions of leadership,” he further noted.

Lt. Garrett will also oversee all law enforcement, corrections and civilian personnel.

“I want to thank Sheriff Jim Hammond for this opportunity to lead and serve alongside the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office,” Lieutenant Garrett said. “I look forward to serving the community and being a part of this great law enforcement agency’s future,” he noted.

Lt. Garrett will begin his job as chief deputy on February 8, 2019.