Police Chief Jim Washam began his career with the Kingston Police Department on March 31, 1987 and graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1988. He was promoted to Investigator in 1994, to the rank of Sergeant in 1996, to Lieutenant in 1997, to Assistant Chief of Police in 1999, and to the position of Chief of Police in July of 2000. Chief Washam has attended over 40 specialized schools including the FBI, TBI, Homeland Security, and Department of Justice training programs. He is also a 2003 graduate of Leadership of Roane County and completed Levels I and II of the UT-MTAS Municipal Management Academy.
Chief Washam was appointed to the Meth Task Force by Governor Phil Bredesen in 2004 and helped bring the meth laws to legislation. He currently serves on the committee for Safe Schools for Roane County, City of Kingston Safety Committee, and 2010 Census Committee for the City of Kingston. Chief Washam is an active member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and served as past appointee to the Financial Oversights Homeland Security and Ethics Committees for the east Tennessee Region.
Chief Washam is married to Lisa and they have four children—son, Chris and triplet girls, Tara, Maleah, and Savannah. They are members of Edgewood Baptist Church where Chief Washam serves as a Deacon and Treasurer and is an active member on the Building Committee. He is dedicated to safety in our schools, the war on drugs, maintaining a family oriented community and keeping Kingston a safe place for all to live.