"My vision for Robertson County is to have the safest county in the country where you can raise a family, work, shop, play, and retire. I am dedicated to tackling the issues that threaten that vision. I know it is about the working relationships with our citizens, partnering law enforcement agencies, local business leaders, and other organizations with a vested interest. I believe I have developed many of those relationships and have the ability to expand on what we have built. The sheriff’s office needs to continue our team’s mission of enhancing and protecting the quality of life for our citizens. My vision is to continue planning for the growth of our county, always looking for ways to be more effective and efficient, concentrating on providing high quality services, and being good stewards of tax dollars. We have been very active in the community and I want to see our team continue to focus on maintaining and building community relationships and partnerships. With many members of my family being educators, I highly value our co-operative relationship with our school system and want to see us continue our expansion of the School Resource Officer Division until all schools are covered. I know that getting assistance to young children can positively change their future ultimately changing our county’s future for the greater good."
Michael Van Dyke
Since Van Dyke was appointed as Chief Deputy Sheriff in 2010, the sheriff’s office has reduced property crime by 53% and crimes against persons by 38% in the county. Crimes solved or cleared have also been increased from 21% to 75%. The sheriff’s office has also incorporated several programs in the detention facility in an effort to reduce recidivism such as GED classes, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and enhanced the jail ministry program. Since redeveloping the Sheriff's Office website and launching Facebook and Twitter accounts, there has been a major increase in information sharing with citizens across the county. The Sheriff's Office has received awards for TN Sheriff of the year, TN Jail Administrator of the Year, and TN Training Officer of the year twice in the past several years. Great gains have been made with community programs, multi-agency collaboration, and expansion of the School Resource Officer Division.
Van Dyke, an 18-year law enforcement veteran, has been serving as the Chief Deputy Sheriff for Robertson County for the last seven of those years. The chief deputy is the second in command of all sheriff’s office operations. During that time, he has trained hundreds of hours alongside sheriffs from across Tennessee. Chief Van Dyke is also responsible for assuming the duties of the Sheriff in Sheriff Holt’s absence. He is honor graduate of Jo Byrns High School and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Austin Peay State University. See below for more information on Van Dyke’s experience and community involvement.
Michael Van Dyke
Michael Van Dyke began his career in law enforcement with the Robertson County Sheriff's Office over 18 years ago, one week after graduating from Jo Byrns High School. He served as a Reserve Deputy volunteering hundreds of hours patrolling Robertson County. He worked his way through college as a full time police officer with the Austin Peay State University Police Department and the Clarksville Ranger Division. Upon graduation from APSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree, he was appointed as the chief law enforcement officer of the Clarksville Rangers. After the City of Clarksville consolidated the Ranger Division and the Police Department, Chief Van Dyke went to work for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office until his recent appointment.
Chief Van Dyke has spent the majority of his career in law enforcement management and administration. He has a vast amount of knowledge and experience in budgeting, human resources, financial management, purchasing, inventory, performance measurement, statistics, organization structuring, agency liability, jail operations, coordination of multiple agency operations, policy writing, and community relationship building. Although he always enjoyed patrolling the streets, making cases, investigating crimes, and arresting violators, he found that his strengths and talents were serving his fellow officers by providing them the tools, supplies, direction, training, and leadership they needed to do their job.
He has attended numerous specialized schools over his career, some of which are Law Enforcement Management and Administration, Command Decision, the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Management Academy, Internal Affairs, Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development, FBI Executive Leadership, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Internal Affairs, Jail Liability, NASRO School Resource Officer Certification, and many others. Chief Van Dyke is also a graduate of Leadership Robertson County and Leadership Middle Tennessee.
He is an Eagle Scout, a honor graduate of Jo Byrns High School, and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Austin Peay State University. Van Dyke received membership in the Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture Honor Society, State of Tennessee Award of Merit, United States Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, and other awards and commendations.
Chief Van Dyke is married to Marissa Highsmith Van Dyke and has three children. He attends Cedar Hill Baptist Church. He serves as a TN Achieves Mentor and is an active member of the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association, National Sheriffs’ Association, Robertson County Coalition, Springfield Rotary Club, Robertson County Chamber of Commerce, Red River Masonic Lodge, Robertson County Cattlemen's Association, Tennessee Cattleman's Association, and the Farm Bureau. Chief Van Dyke served as the Warioto District Chair and currently serves as the Middle Tennessee Council board member for the Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the board of directors for the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce and as President of Friends of the G.R.E.A.T. Summer Games. The Van Dyke’s have a small family hay and cattle farm that he enjoys working with his wife and children.
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