The Shelby County Sheriff maintains a highly trained top Administrative staff consisting of:

  • Chief Administrative Officer - Steve Leech
  • Chief Deputy - Floyd Bonner
  • Chief Jailer - Robert Moore

Law Enforcement Division Assistant Chiefs

  • Assistant Chief Deputy Boyd Newt Schaeffer - Administrative Services
  • Assistant Chief Deputy Cecil D. Booker - Court Services
  • Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Dunbar - Patrol Services / GIB
  • Assistant Chief Deputy D. Scott Wright - Special Operations

Law Enforcement Division Chief Inspectors

  • Chief Inspector Jason R. Pagenkopf - BPSI
  • Chief Inspector William Allen - Courts
  • Chief Inspector J. R. Holland - Detective Bureau
  • Chief Inspector Claude B. Robinson - Fugitive
  • Chief Inspector Robert Nations Jr. - Homeland Security / Criminal Intel
  • Chief Inspector Wink Downen - Information Systems
  • Chief Inspector Mark D. Kellerhall - Investigation Operations Bureau
  • Chief Inspector Nancy Lucchesi - Juvenile Court / SC Facilities
  • Chief Inspector Terry Miller - Patrol Field
  • Chief Inspector Joseph Ruff - Patrol Support
  • Chief Inspector David L. Edmonds - Training Academy

The Sheriff's Message to the Public is available to read as well as the biographies of Sheriff, William "Bill" Oldham and his Top Command Staff by browsing on the right side link Menu.

The public is invited to contact the Sheriff at any time for comments and suggestions. Supporting Administrative Staff working in conjunction with the Sheriff's top staff also include:

  • Administrative Assistant - James (Cliff) Lafferty
  • Chief Policy & Statutory Compliance Officer - Debra L. Fessenden
  • Executive Assistant - Karen Bartlett
  • CAO Executive Secretary – Gay Embrey
  • Executive Secretary – Gloria Morris
  • Public Information Officer - Earle Farrell

Chief Deputy Floyd Bonner, Jr. was appointed Chief Deputy by Sheriff Bill Oldham in August 2015. Chief Bonner is second-in-command to the Sheriff and reports directly to him. He coordinates the day-to-day operations in law enforcement and oversees all of its divisions, including, Patrol/Patrol Support Services; Courts Services/Civil Process/Levy Squad; Detectives including Homicide, Robbery, Sex Crimes, Fugitive, and Narcotics; Homeland Security; the Bureau of Professional Standards & Integrity ("BPSI"); the Training Academy; Volunteer Services; Metro Alarm; Patrol Reserves; Crime Prevention; SWAT/Bomb; RIDD and Internal Audits. Chief Deputy Bonner communicates information on policies and procedures to ensure efficient and effective departmental operations.

Over a 35 year career, Chief Deputy Bonner rose through the ranks of the Sheriff's Office, beginning as a Patrolman assigened to Uniform Patrol, the Jail, Narcotics, and BPSI.

He was promoted to Sergeant in 1994 and served in Narcotics. Following his promotion to Lieutenant, he served as Assistant Commander in the BPSI Unit.

Chief Bonner was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2001. From 2003 to 2005, he commanded Narcotics. In 2005, he served as Captain/Assistant Commander of Patrol/Patrol Support Services where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of five enforcement divisions, served as liaison with law enforcement agencies, local municipalities and other organizations. His additional duties included monitoring the Governor's Highway Safety grants.

He remained in Patrol Support Services follwoing his promotion to Inspector in 2008.

In 2010, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Deputy overseeing operations of the Patrol and Patrol Support Services, where there were approximately 500 officers and volunteers working under his leadership. From December 2012 through his promotion to Chief Deputy in August 2015, he supervised Civil Process/Levy Squad and Court Services.

Chief Bonner is a lifelong resident of Memphis and Shelby County. He graduated from Hillcrest High School and obtained degrees from Jackson State Community College and the University of Memphis with a Bachelor, where he was awarded a degree in Criminal Justice.

He is a member of the Tennessee Sheriff's Association, the Internationsl Chiefs of Police and the Memphis Metropolitan Areas of Chiefs of Police.

He has been married for 33 years and is the father of two sons.

In 2011, Steve Leech was appointed by Sheriff Bill Oldham to lead the financial operations of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, manage all financial personnel and interface with elected officials to justify annual budgets and monthly resolutions.

Chief Leech received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Memphis and is certified by the state of Tennessee as a certified public accountant. He is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Chief Leech's prior accounting experience and vast knowledge of operational budgets, financial audits, team building and leadership have awarded him the CAO position.

Chief Leech is a native Memphian, all-American high school fooball, all-state and all Memphis in football, baseball, basketball and University of Memphis Letterman.

Chief Leech is married with three children and four grandchildren.

Robert Moore is a native Memphian, he was educated in the Memphis Public School system.  He graduated from Manassas High School in 1964.  He began his pursuit of a career in corrections as a Criminal Justice major at Shelby State Community College in 1982.

In 1984 he was hired by the Shelby County Division of Corrections (S.C.D.C.) as a Correctional officer.  He advanced through the ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant in operations and security with S.C.D.C.  and was promoted to Captain in 1996.  In 1997 he was appointed by S.C.D.C. Director Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. to Operational Manager.   He was promoted to Chief of Security in 1999.

In late 2001 when Director Luttrell was elected Sheriff, Chief Moore was selected to serve on Sheriff Luttrell’s Staff as Chief of Security for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

When Sheriff Bill Oldham was elected Sheriff, he conducted a search for a Chief Jailer and with the recommendation of his transition team selected from a pool of candidates Robert Moore as his Chief Jailer.

Chief Moore has over twenty-five years of experience with almost fourteen years of command staff experience in the two largest pre and post correction County facilities in the State of Tennessee.

He has been married to his wife Mary for forty-eight years and they have four children.   Robert is a strong community activist and has coached both football and basketball for many years; he belongs to neighborhood watch and currently serves as Chairman of the board of Deacons for his Church, Tabernacle of Praise. 

He is a member of the American Correctional Association and the National Institute of Jails.

Chief Wright is responsible for leading the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Investigative Bureau divisions: Fugitive, which locates people with outstanding warrants; Homeland Security Unit, which coordinates parts of Special Operations and the assimilation and analysis of criminal intelligience; School Resource Officers, who provide security and serve as mentors in schools throughout Shelby County; and Special Operations, which includes the SWAT and Bomb teams.

Chief Wright is a native Memphian who over the past 25 years, rose through the ranks of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office from Cadet to Assistant Chief. During that time, he has served in almost every area of the Sheriff's Office.

As a Patrolman, he served in Unifrom Patrol, Fugitive, Narcotics, and Community Policing. As a Sergent, he served as a Detective in the Homicide/Robbery Division as well as in the Metro Gang Unit and Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force.

In 2005, he was promoted to Lieutenant. He served as a supervisor over detectives assigned to Homicide, Robbery, Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence, as well as Narcotics/Street Crimes and the Criminal and Civil Courts. During this time, he was honored as the Sheriff's Office Employee of the Year.

In 2013, Chief Wright was promoted to Captain and returned to the Detective Division.

In 2014, he was appointed by Sheriff Oldham to the rank of Chief Inspector. He was assigned to Patrol Support Services, where he supervised officers in the Traffic Bureau, R.I.D.D. Unit, Motorcycles Unit, as well as the Volunteer Services Bureau overseeing many volunteers who serve as Reserve Deputies, Emergency Services Personnel, Rescue Operations and Community Volunteers. He served in that capacity until his appointment in November 2015 to Assistant Chief Deputy.

Chief Wright is a graduate of Shelby State Community College and the FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute. He received FBI training in Violent Drugs/Gangs and Crisis Negotiations and advanced training in Hostage Negotiations, Detective Investigations, and Homicide Investigations. Other training includes CIT, gangs, homicides, fingerprinting, and numerous FEMA training for all levels of incident command. Assistant Chief Wright continues his education in many areas to stay abreast of legal and technological changes in law enforcement.

He is married with children and grandchildren

C. D. Booker was appointed to the position of Assistant Chief on November 01, 2015, with the responsibility of overseeing Court Services to include General Sessions Criminal, Criminal Court, General Sessions Civil, i.e. Circuit, Probate, Chancery, and Juvenile Courts. There are approximately 187 Commissioned Officers and administrative clerical staff working under his leadership.

Assistant Chief Booker began his professional career with the Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Jailer I in July of 1981. In August of 1985, he entered the Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Training Academy as a recruit and graduated as a Patrolman. 

Upon graduation, he worked in Uniform Patrol, Fugitive, and Special Operations. In October 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant and worked under the auspices of the Planning Bureau and Narcotics where he was assigned to undercover work supervising a narcotics search warrant team and supervising undercover operations. In December of 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to Patrol Field as a Field Commander and later as DUI Commander. April of 2012, he was promoted to Captain and served as the Executive Officer in the Fugitive Bureau and later the Executive Officer in the Patrol Field Bureau. October 2014, he was promoted and served as Chief Inspector of the Patrol Field Bureau.

Chief Booker is a lifelong resident of Memphis, Shelby County Tennessee. He graduated from Central High School and then Shelby State Community College with an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Later, he attended The University of Memphis and Freed - Hardeman University.

Chief Booker is an active member of the following organizations:

  • FBI LEEDA
  • Metropolitan Memphis Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Assistant Chief Deputy Dunbar is a 30 year veteran of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. He grew up in north Shelby County, near Millington, Tennessee. He is a 1978 graduate of Briarcrest High School in Memphis and completed his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

    Chief Dunbar began his law enforcement career with the Millington Police Department (1983-1985) and joined the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in 1985. Chief Dunbar rose through the ranks of Patrolman, Sergeant and Lieutenant working various patrol and investigative positions in Uniform Patrol, Detective Division, Fugitive, Narcotics and Metro Gang Unit.

    Chief Dunbar was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2001 assuming command of the Metro Gang Unit and SWAT. In 2003, he assumed command of the Courts and Civil Division until his promotion to the rank of Inspector in 2005, at which time he took over as Commander of the Uniform Patrol Division. In 2008, he was assigned Special Operations (Street Crimes, Gang Unit, SWAT, Narcotics and K-9 unit.)

    Chief Dunbar was appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief Deputy over Special Operations and Investigative Units (Detectives, Fugitive and Homeland Security) in October 2010 and retained this position until November of 2015. Chief Dunbar's current assignment is Commander over Patrol Field, Patrol Support Services (R.I.D.D., Traffic, Motors, Reserve Division, Emergency Services, and Rescue Operations) and the General Investigative Bureau (Detectives Division and A.L.E.R.T.)

    Chief Dunbar has also completed advance study from the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy through the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is also a graduate of LINT - Leadership in Terrorism, having studied Counter-Terrorism at the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA and the Australian Institute of Police Management, Sydney, Australia. This course of study was in conjunction with command staff level officers from several countries worldwide.

    Chief Dunbar is also an active or former member of the following organizations:

    • Sheriff’s Representative to the Memphis/Shelby County Metro Alarm Board
    • Executive Member of F.B.I. Joint Terrorism Task Force
    • National Sheriffs’ Association
    • Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association
    • Tennessee Narcotics Officers’ Association
    • Tennessee Gang Investigators’ Association
    • Committee Chair for the Enforcement Operations Safe Community Project
    • Sheriff’s Representative for Family Safety Center
    • West Tennessee and Sheriff’s Office Coordinator for the Tennessee Public Safety Networks, which assists officers in Critical Incident Stress Debriefings
    • Metropolitan Memphis Association of Chiefs of Police
    • International Association of Chiefs of Police

    Chief Dunbar is married to Connie Jean Dunbar and has three children and 2 grandchildren.

    Chief Schaeffer is responsible for leading the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Administrative Services Divison, which ensures that all employees are properly trainied, held to the highest internal and national standards, and that internal investigations and audits confirm that those high standards are maintained. His division includes the Training Academy, the Bureau of Professional Standards and Integrity, the Internal Audit Bureau, the Accreditation and Policy Bureau, and the Metro Alarm Office.

    Chief Schaeffer is a life-long resident of Shelby County and has served in many areas of the Sheriff's Office over his 29 year career. 

    He worked in Uniform Patrol and as a detective in the Narcotics and General Assignment Bureaus. Chief Schaeffer was promoted to Sergeant while assigned to the DEA Narcotics Task Force where he remained as a supervisor.

    Following his 2001 promotion to Lieutenant, he served as a commander and Executive Officer in the Narcotics Bureau, the Patrol Division, and the Fugitive Bureau. During his leadership in Fugitive, he initiated the Juvenile Court Deadbeat Dad warrant roundup. This operation was attributed to a record high collection of paternity payments for single parents and a sigificant savings of taxpayer money from offender parents from being jailed who owed monies. Another success was the first Fugitive Safe Surrender in which nearly 1,600 individuals voluntarily surrendered in one week. During his tenure in Uniform Patrol, the Data Smart Policing plan saw immediate and significant decreases in Part One crimes.

    In 2013, he became the Assistant Director of the Training Academy where he planned for a smooth transition to the newly consolidated schools, including obtaining national training standards for School Resource Officers. He centralized all active shooter training for the Sheriff's Office.

    In 2014, Sheriff Oldham promoted him to Chief Inspector over Special Operations, Narcotics, Homeland Security, SWAT, the Bomb, K-9 and Dive Units. The Sheriff promoted Chief Schaeffer to his current position in November 2015.

    Chief Schaeffer has attended Jackson State Community College, the University of Memphis, Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command Class #215, Northwestern University's Executive Management Program. He also attended a number of DEA schools in Quantico, VA, including the Drug Unit Commanders Academy. He is a member of the National and Tennessee Sheriff's Associations, the Tennessee Narcotics Officers Association, and the Northwestern University Alumni Association. He has served on the Executive Boards of the Multi Agency Gang Unit, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. He is a member of the MMACP, Memphis Metropolitan Area Chiefs of Police. He was included as a Sheriff's Office representative to Shelby County's Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.

    He has been married for 27 years and has two sons.