Nashville, TN (2017-12-05) Since 1976, Andrew (Andy) Lewallen has been patrolling the beat in Scott County. During his tenure, he has served under multiple administrations, and two different departments, but has been an officer of the law, in various capacities, for 41 consecutive years. He was recognized by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for his service to the community.
Lewallen was recently presented the 2017 Longevity of Service Award by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office during a ceremony held in Nashville. Lewallen, who is currently the Assistant Chief Deputy at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, has continuously held a job in law enforcement for 41 years; a career that includes two different stints at both the Oneida Police Department and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. “He has never had a layoff or been unemployed due to an election,” commented Kris Lewallen, Andy’s son.
Lewallen’s current job has him working for one of his contemporaries, as Sheriff Ronnie Phillips began his law enforcement career working with Lewallen at the Oneida Police Department. Since then, the pair have worked side-by-side. “I want to congratulate Andy on an outstanding law enforcement career and his continued work and dedication to the people of Scott County,” Phillips said.
Lewallen, who will soon turn 70, hasn’t shown any signs of retiring soon. “He is as healthy as any young man and can still out work most physically fit officers in his department,” Phillips said. He currently works night shift, patrolling the streets from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Lewallen began his law enforcement career in 1976, joining the Oneida Police Department after graduating from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. Andy worked for the Oneida Police Department until 1985, when he went to work for the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. He returned to the Oneida Police Department in 1995. He remained there until his then Chief, the late Mike Cross, was elected Sheriff. In 2012, he joined Cross’ staff as Assistant Chief Deputy. After Cross’ death, he remained with the department and today holds the same rank under Sheriff Phillips. During his career, Lewallen has also been a Patrol Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Corporal, Sergeant, Detective, and Chief Detective.
Lewallen is also a veteran, having enlisted into the United States Army on October 19, 1967, at the age of 19, where he specialized as a Lineman. Andy served overseas in Korea during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for (Korea) and was awarded the Army Sharpshooter Marksmanship and M-14 Medal. He completed his high school education while enlisted at the United States Armed Forces Institute in June of 1970. He received an Honorable Discharge August of 1970 as an E4 Specialist.
Law enforcement runs deep in the Lewallen family, as Andy is a descendant of John Lewallen—the first Sheriff of Scott County. Andy’s son, Kris, has also followed his footsteps, and currently is a Drug Agent for the Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to Sheriff Phillips, 8th Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler joined others in honoring Lewallen for his accomplishments.