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 34 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. 





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.