Sheriff Daron Hall
Daron Hall was sworn-in as the 61st sheriff of Davidson County September 2002 – becoming the youngest sheriff since the formation of Metropolitan Government in 1963. Four years later, he became the first sheriff since then to run unopposed and was sworn-in August 31, 2010 after running unopposed a second time.
During his 25-year criminal justice career, Hall has served Davidson County under three sheriffs. He currently serves as the 101st president of the American Correctional Association. Hall is the first sheriff ever elected to this position in the organization’s 141-year history. Additionally, he is on the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Executive Board and Board of Directors. Seen as an expert in his field, Sheriff Hall has been interviewed by national and international media outlets including Fox News, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NPR, the New York Times, New York Daily News, and Fortune Magazine.
His affiliations with community organizations over the years include the following: Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital; Senior Citizens, Inc.; Boy Scouts Council of Middle Tennessee; the Rochelle Center; and the Alcohol & Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
Awards and Recognitions:
- Nashville Prevention Partnership Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012, for his tireless support of substance abuse treatment for those incarcerated.
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Ambassador of Hope Award, 2005, recognizing outstanding service to the mentally ill in criminal justice.
- Women’s Political Caucus “Good Guy” Award, 2004, recognizing men who promote the cause and advancement of women.
- Dismas, Inc. Jack Hickey Award, 2006, recognizing a lifetime commitment to justice and reconciliation.
- Business Tennessee Magazine, named Top 40 Under 40.
- The Tennessean, named Top 40 Under 40.
- Leadership Nashville, Class of 2004.
Sheriff Daron Hall Being Sworn In. Click here to read the oath.
Chief Deputy John L. Ford, III
In 1975, Chief Deputy John Ford began his career with the United States Marine Corps. Later that same year, he attended corrections school in Ft. McClellan, Alabama, and was soon assigned to the U.S. Naval Brig in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a corrections specialist.
Throughout the years, Chief Deputy Ford’s correctional assignments took him to eight different states and Japan. Those assignments included correctional officer, prisoner services officer, officer in charge of the Marine Corp Correctional Custody Unit, programs officer, and brig officer (warden). In June 1993, he began a dual role when he assumed command of the Marine Detachment at Lackland Air Force Base, while also serving as director of the Naval Corrections Academy in San Antonio, Texas. After 22 years in military service, Ford retired as a chief warrant officer 3.
Soon after his retirement in 1997, Chief Deputy Ford moved to Nashville and joined the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office as assistant administrator of the Criminal Justice Center. On September 3, 2002, he assumed the role of Chief Deputy, and oversees the day-to-day operations of six correctional facilities, which house more than 3,600 inmates and several other divisions in support of the jail facilities.
Chief Deputy Ford has a masters in business administration from Florida’s Saint Leo University, a bachelor’s degree from Missouri’s Park University and is a member of the American Correctional Association, American Jail Association, National Sheriff’s Association, and the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents. An ACA accreditation auditor since 1997, Ford’s professional designations include ACA’s Certified Correctional Executive, AJA’s Certified Jail Manager and is a graduate of the National Institute of Corrections Executive Excellence Program.
He and his wife, Sandy, have three children and one grandchild.