Sheriff Tom Spangler is a graduate of Carter High School in Knoxville and Tusculum College.
Sheriff Spangler served our country in the United States Air Force before beginning his law enforcement career with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Spangler served as a Corrections Officer, a Patrolman, a Patrol Supervisor, and as a Metro Narcotics Detective. He was instrumental in starting the Regional Training Academy as well as the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit.
Sheriff Spangler is a helicopter pilot and flew missions that included Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief. He served under two different Sheriffs as Chief Deputy before retiring from Knox County in 2009 to pursue his dream of professional fishing.
After a short time, he was asked to serve as the Assistant Chief of Training for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. Tom was at BCSO until December 2016 when he resigned to run for Sheriff of Knox County. The people of Knox County elected Tom in August 2018 and he was sworn into office on September 1, 2018.
Sheriff Spangler is on the board for the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) and Police Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.).
Tom Spangler is an active member of Clear Springs Baptist Church in Corryton. He is married to his wife, Linda, has two daughters, Mellony and Mallory, along with 4 granddaughters and one grandson.