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 36 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, and Chief 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 over seventeen 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.



Chief Deputy Aaron Pickard

Aaron Pickard is a 1998 graduate of Gallatin High School, and a lifelong Sumner County resident.  He received an AAS from Vol State in Law Enforcement Administration, and a BS in Criminal Justice from Cumberland University.  He began his police career in 1998 after graduating from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy.   


Chief Deputy Pickard holds certifications as a DUI instructor, and a Drug Recognition Expert instructor.  He serves as liaison to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, organizes the traffic safety related activities at the Sheriff’s Office, and provides all traffic related training at the Sheriff’s Office.  Chief Pickard has been honored with the MADD Hero award five times.

Chief Pickard serves on the boards of Recovery Court of Sumner County and the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition.



Major Tim Bailey

Major Tim Bailey oversees the day to day operations of Criminal Investigation Division with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.  Tim has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1995.

Tim began his law enforcement career with Hendersonville Police Department in 1993 where he was a patrolman.  Since becoming an employee with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office he has been assigned to the 18th Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, and as a Detective.  Tim has over 21 years in investigations.  Tim is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and has over 1300 hours of specialized law enforcement training including being an advanced truth verification examiner.

Tim has been married to Clarissa Bailey for 20 years and has two daughters, Maguire and Macauley.  Tim volunteers his time as a softball coach serving as a head coach for Station Camp Middle School softball and assistant coach for his daughter’s travel softball team.  He grew up in Mt. Juliet  and attended Friendship Christian School, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State University.  Tim’s parents, Johnny and Wanda, are both deaf and he is fluent in sign language. 


   Administrator Jerry Scott        

Administrator Jerry Scott supervises the Jail Division operations.

Jerry oversees the day to day operations of the jail.  His duties include planning, organizing and implementing Jail programs and operations of the Corrections Division.  Mr. Scott reports directly to the Chief Deputy and Sheriff for implementation of orders and directives set out by the Chief and Sheriff.

He began his career in public service in 1990 with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office in Greeneville Tennessee. After leaving Greene County, Jerry accepted a position with the Tennessee Corrections Institute, where he served first as a Detention Facilities Specialist and later as the Training and Development Coordinator where he provided technical assistance, leadership and guidance to all 95 Sheriff’s Offices in Tennessee. In 2018 Jerry was appointed by the Mayor of Shelby County as Deputy Director of the Division of Corrections (Tennessee’s largest local facility), where he served until moving to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office in 2021.

During his more than 30 years of service, Jerry has amassed several certifications, including Certified Jail Administrator via CTAS, Instructor Development, Building High Function Teams and more. Jerry Holds BA from Trevecca Nazarene University in both Business and Human Relationships, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. During his tenure with TCI, Jerry was critical in the development and delivery of the Tennessee Correctional Leadership Initiative, a partnership with TCI and The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Safety.

Jerry is happily married for over 30 years to his high school sweetheart Shari, and has two daughters, Amber and Bethany and a wonderful grandson, Jaiden. They are happy to make Middle Tennessee their home and look forward to serving the Sumner County Community for years to come.