John R. Mehr
Sheriff, Madison County, Tennessee
Sheriff John R. Mehr was elected to serve as the Sheriff of Madison County, Tennessee, in August 2014 and was reelected in 2018. His entire working career has been devoted to law enforcement, with 38 of those years in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). In 1975, Mehr joined the TBI as a special agent for the Criminal Investigation Division and worked his way up to Special Agent in Charge for the Western District of Tennessee, Criminal Investigation Division, in which he served from 1991 until his retirement in 2012. He has been a member of numerous organizations, including the West Tennessee Criminal Investigators Association, where he served as President from 2000–2002 and was honored as Officer of the Year for 2005–2006. Past awards include the Director’s Award from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office in 2018 and Union University 2018 Champion of Victims’ Rights Award. Sheriff Mehr received his BS in law enforcement from the University of Tennessee Martin and his MA from The University of Memphis. He is a 2008 graduate of the Tennessee Government Management Institute and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 139th session, among other programs.