Former Williamson County trooper promoted to lieutenant colonel

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Matt Perry

Matt Perry was recently promoted to lieutenant colonel executive officer. 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and Colonel Dereck R. Stewart of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) recently announced the promotion of Matt Perry to lieutenant colonel executive officer. 

Perry’s responsibilities include oversight of the Support Services Division, which includes Fleet and Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN). 

As major over the Field Operations West Bureau, he oversaw all road trooper operations in the patrol’s Nashville, Lawrenceburg, Jackson and Memphis districts. Before serving as major of the West Bureau, he served as the major over the Administrative Bureau in 2017.  

In 2015, Perry was promoted to the rank of captain over the Nashville District for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He commanded nearly 100 commissioned personnel spanning 12 counties. Then, in 2013, he was promoted to lieutenant and commander of the Interdiction Plus Team, liaison to the Tennessee Fusion Center and coordinator of the license plate reader program. 

In 2010, he was promoted to sergeant over Davidson and Cheatham counties supervising 11 troopers. In 2012, Perry was named Nashville District Supervisor of the Year. 

He worked as a deputy at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department from 2002-2004 before joining the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 2004. Perry served as a road trooper in Williamson County until 2007 when he took a position with the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) as a crash reconstructionist. 

Perry earned a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree at MTSU. 

He and his wife have three children and reside in Williamson County.

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