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Perry County TN Courthouse
121 East Main St.
P.O. Box 16
Linden, TN 37096
(931) 589 2216


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Perry County Sheriff

Nick Weems
Perry County Sheriff's Department

Main Responsibilities of the Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff is responsible for keeping the peace, attending the courts, serving the process and orders of the courts, and operating the jails.  Some might think the main purpose is to catch the crooks and put them in jail.  There are several pieces that ultimately may end this way, but there are other options as well.  Such as keeping the peace, protecting the innocent, providing a safe environment to protect inmates at the jail, and so on.  

Sheriff Nick Weems has done an outstanding job of maintaining and even improving the security of the residents of Perry County.  The programs he has instituted have included a wood working shop, making contributions of inmates to help clean our roadways of trash strown along the byways and highways of Perry County, and creating opportunity for inmates to learn a skill, get a high school education, and more.

Keeping the Peace

Keeping the Peace

 The sheriff is the conservator of the peace, and it is the sheriff’s duty to suppress all affrays, riots, routs, unlawful assemblies, insurrections, or other breaches of the peace. In addition, it is the duty of the sheriff to ferret out, detect, and prevent crime, to secure evidence of crimes; and to apprehend and arrest criminals. The sheriff is also charged with patrolling the roads of the county. The sheriff must furnish the necessary deputies to carry out these duties. By Tennessee law, the sheriff is the commander in chief of the law forces of the county. All judicial and ministerial officers of justice and all city officials are required to aid him, and the male population of his county is subject to his command ‘in the prevention and suppression,’ not only of violent breaches of the peace, but of all public offenses.

Attending the Courts

Attending the courts

The Sheriff’s office must attend upon all the courts held in the county when in session, cause the courthouse or courtroom to be kept in order for the accommodation of the courts and obey the lawful orders and directions of the court. It is the duty of the sheriff to provide sufficient bailiffs to serve the general sessions courts. The sheriff is charged with the custody and security of the courthouse. It is  the duty of the sheriff to see that the state and national flags are properly displayed in each courtroom while the county legislative body is in session. Furthermore, it is the duty of the sheriff to furnish the necessary deputies and special deputies to attend and dispense with the business of the juvenile courts.

Serving the Process and Orders of the Courts

Serving the Process and Orders of the Courts

It is the duty of the sheriff to execute and return, according to law, the process and orders of the courts of record of Tennessee and of officers of competent authority, with due diligence, when delivered to the sheriff for that purpose. It is the duty of the sheriff to execute within Perry County all writs and other process legally issued and directed to the sheriff and make due return thereof, either personally or by a lawful deputy or, in civil lawsuits only, by a lawfully appointed civil process server. It is the duty of the sheriff to levy every writ of execution upon a defendant’s property, first on the defendant’s goods and chattels if there are any and upon the  defendant’s lands in order to satisfy the plaintiff’s judgment, and upon a surety’s property in the proper case.

Operating the Jail

Operating the Jail

The Perry County sheriff, by virtue of his office, is the jailor and is entitled to the custody of the jail. It is the duty of the sheriff to take charge and custody of the jail in Perry County and of the prisoners therein. The sheriff is charged with receiving those persons lawfully committed to the jail and with keeping them personally or by deputies or jailer until they are lawfully discharged. It is the duty of the sheriff to be constantly at the jail or have someone there with the keys to liberate the prisoners in case of fire.

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