Prior to being appointed Commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Jeff Long was elected Sheriff of Williamson County in August 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence Degree from Nashville School of Law. He has served in the criminal justice field for the past 44 years as an Assistant District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District, Special Agent in Charge with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Investigator for the 21st Judicial District, Arson Investigator with the Tennessee Fire Marshall’s Office, Captain with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Hospital Police Officer with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Throughout his career, Long has received special acknowledgements including the Task Force Against Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Award, John Marshall American Inns of Court, Master Hall of Fame Morris Heithcock Lodge 41 FOP award, and Commendation from FBI Director Williams S. Sessions. He was also awarded the Nashville Business Journal, Williamson County 2013 Impact Award, the 2013 Law Enforcement of the Year by the Williamson County Bar Association, the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, and the 2013 Tennessee Sheriff of the Year Award.
Long also had the honor of serving on the Dignitary Protection Detail for Presidents Reagan, Clinton, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth. He is past president of the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association, a current member of the National Sheriffs’ Association and current member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In 2014, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Sheriff Long to the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
Commissioner Long was appointed Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security by Governor Bill Lee and was sworn in immediately after the Governor in January 2019.
Commissioner Long resides in Williamson County with his wife Dora. They have two children, Julie and Justin and five grandchildren.