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June 6, 2023

Police chief announces promotions

Johnson City Police Chief Billy Church recently announced promotions within the department. The promotional process consisted of an assessment/interview.

“The officers promoted lead by example and exemplify the best qualities in the Johnson City Police Department,” said Chief Church. “Their commitment to serving this community is commendable, and I am fortunate to work alongside them.”

Scott Jenkins has been promoted to the rank of deputy police chief. Jenkins is a 27-year veteran of the Police Department and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from East Tennessee State University. Jenkins graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Police Academy and the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy. A former United States Marine, Jenkins has held numerous roles in the department, including platoon watch commander, criminal investigator and captain of the Office of Professional Standards. Additionally, Jenkins has served on the Honor Guard, Recruitment Team, Crime Scene Unit and Bicycle Patrol Unit. Before this promotion, Jenkins was interim major of operations.

Scotty Carrier has been promoted to major of administration. A 31-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department, Carrier holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from East Tennessee State University. He is a 2005 graduate of the Northwestern School of Staff and Command, and has completed the Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development and Municipal Management Academy. Carrier has served as a public safety officer, field training officer, criminal investigator, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He has been a member of the department’s Traffic Homicide Team since 2000. Most recently, he served as captain of Platoon 3.

Eric Dougherty has been promoted to major of operations. Dougherty is a 30-year veteran of the Police Department and attended ETSU. He completed his field experience with the JCPD in 1993. Hired by the department that same year, Dougherty has served as a Field Training Officer, a member of the SWAT team and the K9 unit. Additionally he has served as the SWAT team commander as well as the sergeant for the K9 unit and the special investigative squad in the Criminal Investigations Division. Dougherty was the lieutenant for Platoon 1 and captain of Platoon 2. Dougherty also served as the special operation supervisor for all of the specialty units of the JCPD. Most recently, he served as captain of the Criminal Investigation Division.