Staff Biographies


 Sheriff Sonny Weatherford

Sheriff Weatherford oversees the day to day operations of all the divisions within the Sheriff's Office.Sonny has been serving Sumner County as an active member of the Sheriff's Office for 30 years.

Sonny began his career with the Portland Police Department in 1983. He made the transition to the Sumner County Sheriff's Office in August 1985. Sonny has held the following positions as he was promoted over the years:Patrol Officer,K-9 Officer,Corporal, Sergeant, andChief Deputy (since 2006, serving with Sheriff Bob Barker).

In addition to these positions, Sonny has also served as Team Leader for Sumner County S.W.A.T. for 20 years. He is a Firearms Instructor for the N.R.A. and F.B.I., and has numerous training certifications, including meth-lab investigation and chemical weapons.

Sonny has been married to Tammy Brown Weatherford for ten years, and has two sons, Dustin and Michael. He is the third generation of his family to serve in law enforcement. Sonny followed in the footsteps of his father Captain Roy Weatherford a 30 year veteran of the Sumner County Sheriff's Office who was also one of the most renown law enforcement Officers to ever serve Sumner County.

He's actively involved in animal rescues and is a member of Volunteer Equine Advocates. Sonny is also a member of Ducks Unlimited, and is a Mason.



Major Carl Edison

Carl Edison graduated from high school in 1973 and then continued his education at MTSU where he acquired a degree in law enforcement.  He began his career as a police officer at Hendersonville Police Department in 1976 where he also worked as a Motorcycle/Traffic Officer, a SWAT Officer and a Police Corporal.

Carl came to work as a Patrol Deputy at the Sumner County Sheriff's Office in 1987.  In his 28 years here he has also served as a member of the SWAT Team and spent 17 years as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division.  Major Edison oversees the daily operations of the Patrol Division, the Warrants Division, the SRO Division, Animal Control, Court Deputies, and the Auxiliary Officers.

He is an active member of the Tennessee Sheriff's Association and also Sheriff's Weatherford's representative to the County Accident Review Board.



Jail Administrator Sonya Troutt

Administrator Troutt supervises the Jail Division operations. 

Sonya Troutt oversees the day to day operations of the jail.  Her duties include planning, organizing and implementing Jail programs and operations of the Corrections Division.  She is directly accountable to the Chief Deputy and Sheriff for implementation of orders and directives set out by the Chief and Sheriff. 

Prior to her career with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, Sonya worked in the Banking industry in accounts, processing loans and finally as a Loan Officer helping individuals and businesses obtain funds from the lender. 

Sonya also worked in the Sumner County General Sessions Clerk’s Office as a Deputy Clerk where she responded to inquiries from the Law Enforcement and Legal community, as well as the general public. 

In 1995 Sonya accepted the position of Assistant Jail Administrator with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office and was promoted to Jail Administrator in 1997.  

Sonya is a lifetime resident of Sumner County.  She graduated High School in 1977.  She is active in Church and community activities and traveled with her families gospel singing group for many years. 

Sonya has over 1400 hours of Training, with the majority of those hours being specific to Corrections. 

Sonya is a wife, mother and VERY PROUD grandmother.