Paul Blackwell, Police Chief
Paul Blackwell was appointed Tullahoma Chief of Police on June 4, 2007. Blackwell has been in law enforcement since February 1982. The Chief began his Law Enforcement career with the Norman Oklahoma Police Department. At Norman PD, Blackwell served as a Patrolman, Master Police Officer, and Criminal Investigator. Blackwell and family then re-located to Tampa Florida and served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. Blackwell and family moved to Coffee County in 1991 after returning from service with the military in the Gulf War. Immediately prior to the appointment as Chief, Blackwell served with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. During the time with the Sheriff’s Office, Blackwell served as a Corrections Officer, Patrol Deputy, Jail Administrator, and Administrative Captain.
Blackwell has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Management and Administration from Central Oklahoma State University in Edmond, OK. The Chief is a graduate of the 243rd session of the FBI National Academy
Blackwell served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1974 – 1976 and in 2009 retired from the U. S. Army Reserves after a total of 25 years service. The Chief is a 2004 graduate of the U. S. Army Sergeant Major Academy. The Chief retired at the rank of Sergeant Major in the Military Police field.
The Chief is a member of the Tennessee Association Chiefs of Police, and the International Association Chiefs of Police. Blackwell is a 2001 graduate of the Coffee County Leadership Program. Blackwell and his family, wife Lenore, and two children have lived in Tullahoma since 1992.