Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth announced Friday he promoted a dedicated and veteran member of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office to the rank of captain in the new Support Services Division.
Mike Boggess will fill a position created in a restructuring of the overloaded Training and Support Services Division, allowing Capt. Jim Hodgson to focus more of his time on training matters. Hodgson is a certified law enforcement trainer with credentials that have earned him national recognition.
Boggess was ranked as a lieutenant.
Boggess joined the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office full-time in 1988 after serving six years as a volunteer reserve deputy. His experience as a patrol deputy, sergeant, lieutenant and senior lieutenant in the patrol division, as a criminal investigator and head of facility security and safety, have prepared him to handle the daily responsibilities of overseeing one of the six divisions, Ruth said.
The sheriff gave the new support services division responsibility for facility maintenance, safety and security; fleet services; communications; information technology; and search and rescue operations. Boggess has been involved in each of these areas with the exception of information technology since 2006.
Prior to beginning his employment with the BCSO Boggess was an electronics technician for Motorola Communications.
This summer he attended an invitation-only training seminar and earned certification as a communications unit leader under the National Incident Management System. The designation puts Boggess in an elite group of individuals from across the country that received training on establishing and coordinating radio communications among agencies at different levels of government that are brought together in a disaster.
Ruth said Boggess is a valued member of the BCSO staff who has proven on many occasions his commitment to enhancing public safety in Bradley County.
“Capt. Boggess has a broad knowledge of our total operations. Most people have no idea what he does but because of his work we have a safe and secure jail to incarcerate offenders, radio communications to dispatch calls, and reliable vehicles to respond to citizens when they need help. This community is fortunate to have a person of his ability and dedication working for them.”
Ruth pointed out that Boggess saves taxpayers thousands of dollars each year on maintenance of the Bradley County Judicial Center and the fleet of vehicles.
Boggess joins Chief Deputy Wayne Bird, Patrol, captain Tom Wasson, Corrections captain Jon Collins, Judicial Services captain Eric Watson, Criminal Investigations captain Brian Quinn and captain Hodgson on Ruth’s command staff.