Deputy Chief Shaun Shepherd is a lifelong resident of Hamilton County, growing up in East Ridge, and graduating from East Ridge High School. He has been employed with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for more than 31 years.
He began his time with the agency as an Explorer in Law Enforcement Post 2070 and began working as a Corrections Deputy in 1990. He was recently promoted to Deputy Chief and placed in command of the Corrections Division as the Sheriff’s Office transitions into a new facility.
Chief Shepherd recently served as the Youth & Community Captain, which included the School Resource Officer Division, Homeland Security Community Awareness, and Emergency Operations Incident Command Team. He served six years as the School Resource Officer at Chattanooga Central High School during his career, and additionally worked for four years as a supervisor within the Patrol Division before returning to more than 14 years of service as the administrating supervisor for the SRO Program from 2007 to 2021.
He served on the Hostage Negotiations Team for 18 years, with 15 as the team leader. Chief Shepherd has served as an instructor with Training Division in the areas of Instructor Development, Active Shooter Response, Field Sobriety Testing, as well as an Emergency Driving Instructor. He has attended various training courses in law enforcement education that includes graduating from The Southeast Command and Leadership Academy (S.E.C.L.A.), been a presenter of special topics at varied seminars, gang summits, along with public and law enforcement community forums.
Chief Shepherd currently works as a professional instructor in School Resource Officer training courses such as Basic and Advanced SRO, SRO Supervisor/Administration, and Active Shooter Preparedness. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
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Denise Benton has been employed with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office since June 2015. Mrs. Benton is the Administrative Assistant to Deputy Chief Fowler, Deputy Chief of Corrections. Mrs. Benton has an Associate’s Degree in Ministry and a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Counseling. She resides with David, her husband of 13 years in Soddy Daisy, Tn. Together they have 5 children; Hannah, Brittany, Jacob, Logan and Ryan.