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March 10, 2023

 Johnson City announces Police promotions

Johnson City Police Interim Chief Billy Church recently announced four promotions within the department, effective March 11.

The promotional process consists of a written test, job-specific written exercises, and an assessment/interview. In addition, candidates’ work histories are evaluated and points are awarded for education level.

“Our department is fortunate to have officers of this caliber,” said Interim Police Chief Billy Church. “Each of them brings a unique skillset, which translates to a higher level of management and service to the citizens of Johnson City. I look forward to working with them and commend them for their dedication.”

Mike Adams will be promoted to captain. Adams joined the department 22 years ago and has served as a field training officer, SWAT team member, and a sergeant on patrol, in the Criminal Investigation Division, and with the Special Investigation Squad. He also was the director of the First Judicial District Drug Task Force. Adams will now serve as the Platoon 1 watch commander as well as the department’s special operations commander.

Mark Hollis will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Hollis joined the department 21 years ago and has served in the areas of patrol, power shift, community policing, criminal investigation, and special investigation. He has also been a member of the SWAT Team for 16 years. Hollis was promoted to sergeant in 2019 and recently transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division, where he will continue to serve in his new role.

Jim Tallmadge will be promoted to lieutenant. Tallmadge joined the department in 1997 and has served as a patrol officer, traffic unit, evidence technician, traffic crash reconstructionist, and a field training officer. He is on the Honor Guard, Recruitment Team and teaches driving school. Tallmadge was promoted to sergeant in 2012, and graduated from the Southeastern Leadership Academy last year. He is a certified instructor for stop stick, firearms and RADAR. He has been assigned to Platoon 1.

Mike Dunn will be promoted to sergeant. A 23-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department, Dunn has served as a traffic unit with Platoon 5 for nine years and on the Traffic Homicide Team for 17 years. He has been a field training officer, firearms instructor, RADAR/LIDAR instructor, school resource officer, and D.A.R.E. instructor. Dunn has been a member of the SWAT Team for 19 years and currently serves as the sniper team leader. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1995 and is now an executive officer with the U.S. Navy Reserves. He has been assigned to Platoon 2.