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The Waverly Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.  Police Officers are required to complete the Basic Police Academy.  Officers are required to work shift work and are on call 24/7.

The application process includes a physical ability test, written police entry exam, oral interview panel and extensive background check.  Successful candidates will undergo drug screening, physical and psychological exams.  Details of the process will be provided to applicants.

Minimum Requirements include:

  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess equivalence;
  • Have a valid TN driver’s license;
  • Current TN P.O.S.T certification (or equivalent) preferred;
  • Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor and other alcoholic beverages or controlled substances;
  • Not have been released or discharged under other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States;
  • Have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation

The City of Waverly offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave, and optional firefighting supplement pay. 

Application packets can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded here.

Applications will be accepted immediately until the position is filled. 

Submit application packet, cover letter and resume via mail or in person to:

Chief of Police

103 East Main St.

Waverly, TN 37185

Questions concerning the application process, or the compensation and benefits package may be addressed to Chief Grant Gillespie, or Captain Devin Elliott at 931-296-4300.

The City of Waverly is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is a drug-free workplace.

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Municipal Court in March Reset

Due to the order from the TN Supreme Court related to Covid-19, all City of Waverly Municipal Court Cases set for March 10, have been reset to May 12, 2021 at 2 p.m. If you have any questions about your court date, you can call the court clerk at 931-296-4300. This is City Court, not Humphreys Co. General Sessions or Circuit Court.

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 70/Clydeton Rd

Press Release
February 10, 2021

On February 10, 2021, at approx. 145pm, Waverly Police Officers were notified of a police pursuit entering the city limits on Hwy 70 West.  The suspect who was driving a stolen vehicle was being pursued by Carrol County Sheriff’s deputies. He had also rammed another vehicle as the pursuit went through Benton County and was also wanted on outstanding warrants in Carroll County.   As the suspect vehicle entered the Hwy 70/Clydeton Rd. intersection in Waverly, it struck another vehicle, causing the death of a local Waverly couple. The suspect received minor injuries.  The Waverly Police Department is investigating the crash.

The suspect, Tory A. McConahie, Huntingdon, TN, was treated and released from Three Rivers Hospital in Waverly.  McConahie was charged with 2 counts of Vehicular Homicide, Evading Arrest, Reckless Driving, DUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving on a Revoked License.  He is being held in the Humphreys County Jail under a $1,016,750.00 bond.  Additional charges are pending in Carroll County.  The names of the victims have not been released to allow family notifications to be made.

 

by: Chief Grant Gillespie

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January City Court Cases Reset

In order to comply with the TN Supreme Court Order prohibiting most in person court appearances, all City of Waverly Municipal Court cases set for January 10 have been reset to March 10, 2021 at 2pm. 

 

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WPD Earns 3rd Accreditation Award

Press Release
December 14, 2020

The Waverly Police Department has been awarded its 3rd Accreditation Award through the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) program.  The TLEA program is administered by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP).  The Waverly Police Department has been accredited since 2013.

To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a three-year process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness using 160 law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment. The standards evaluate an agency’s policies that address a variety of areas including organizational, operational, and budget management practices.

“The accreditation process helps us to maintain the professional standards that contribute to our mission to make Waverly a great place to live, work and play.  I am proud of the hard work and commitment that our staff puts toward being one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the state”, said Chief Grant Gillespie.

The Waverly Police Department is one of only 59 agencies in Tennessee that are accredited and is the smallest agency in the state to hold the honor.  Chief Gillespie is a member of the Board of Directors of TACP and sits on the Professional Standards Committee which oversees the TLEA program.

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Police Officer Job Posting

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The Waverly Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.  Police Officers are required to complete the Basic Police Academy.  Officers are required to work shift work and are on call 24/7.

The application process includes a physical ability test, written police entry exam, oral interview panel and extensive background check.  Successful candidates will undergo drug screening, physical and psychological exams.  Details of the process will be provided to applicants.

Minimum Requirements include:

  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess equivalence;
  • Have a valid TN driver’s license;
  • Current TN P.O.S.T certification (or equivalent) preferred;
  • Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor and other alcoholic beverages or controlled substances;
  • Not have been released or discharged under other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States;
  • Have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation

The City of Waverly offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave, and optional firefighting supplement pay. 

Application packets can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded at www.waverlypublicsafety.com.

Applications will be accepted through Noon on Friday, August 7, 2020, or until the position is filled. 

Submit application packet, cover letter and resume via mail or in person to:

Chief of Police

103 East Main St.

Waverly, TN 37185

Questions concerning the application process, or the compensation and benefits package may be addressed to Chief Grant Gillespie, or Captain Devin Elliott at 931-296-4300.

The City of Waverly is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is a drug-free workplace.

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Court Information for July 15

The TN Supreme Court issued an order requiring the wearing of masks while conducting court business for all courts in Tennessee.  This will apply to the City of Waverly Municipal Court, which will be held this week on Wednesday, July 15 at 2 pm.  This is the first time we will hold in-person court proceeding since the emergency orders have been in place.  Cases from the May court date were reset for July 15.

All persons having business before the court will be required to wear a mask when entering the building.  We will have masks available at the front door.  There will be limited seating in the court room.  If the seating reaches maximum capacity, we will ask that you remain outside the building until your case is called.  Officers will be on hand to assist and for check-in at the front door.  It is recommended that social distancing is practiced while on the property.

Please do not bring children into the courtroom.  If you have a medical condition that would place you at high risk, please contact our court clerk at 931-296-4300 to make arrangements prior to court.

 

A copy of the TN Supreme Court order is here.

 

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Open Certified Police Officer Position

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The Waverly Department of Public Safety-Police and Fire is accepting applications for the position of Public Safety Officer (Police Officer).  The Department of Public Safety is a 24 hour full service Police and Fire Department.  Because of the unique mission of the department, Public Safety Officers are required to perform both law enforcement and firefighting duties.  All Public Safety Officers are required to complete the Basic Police Academy and Basic Fire Academy.  Public Safety Officers are required to work shift work and are on call 24/7.

The application process includes a physical ability test, written police entry exam, oral interview panel and extensive background check.  Successful candidates will undergo drug screening, physical and psychological exams and polygraph.  Details of the process will be provided to applicants.

Minimum Requirements include:

  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess equivalence;
  • Have a valid TN driver’s license;
  • Current TN P.O.S.T certification (or equivalent);
  • Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor and other alcoholic beverages or controlled substances;
  • Not have been released or discharged under other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States;
  • Have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation

Application packets can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded at www.waverlypublicsafety.com.

Applications will be accepted through Noon on Friday, July 3, 2020. 

Submit application packet, cover letter and resume via mail or in person to:

Chief of Public Safety
103 East Main St.
Waverly, TN 37185

Questions concerning the application process or the compensation and benefits package may be addressed to Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.

The City of Waverly is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is a drug-free workplace.

 

Download the employment application here.

 

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Municipal Court Reset

Due to the order from the TN Supreme Court related to Covid-19, all City of Waverly Municipal Court Cases set for May 13, have been reset to July 15, 2020 at 2 p.m.

If you have any questions about your court date, you can call the court clerk at 931-296-4300.

This is City Court, not Humphreys Co. General Sessions or Circuit Court.

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2019 Annual Report Released

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False Report Arrest

Press Release
August 13, 2019

On August 13, 2019, Shannon Marie Robbins, 33, of Waverly, was arrested after being indicted by a Humphreys County Grand Jury on a charge of Filing a False Report.  Mrs. Robbins made an allegation to Police Chief Grant Gillespie that she was sexually assaulted by a Waverly Police Officer during a traffic stop in February.  Chief Gillespie asked for an independent review of the allegation by District Attorney Ray Crouch’s Office. 

“I was able to quickly clear our officer from any wrongdoing in the case and asked for an independent review.  The investigation revealed that Mrs. Robbins fabricated the story and the Grand Jury agreed that charges should be filed in the matter”, said Chief Gillespie.  “In this case our officer conducted himself in a professional manner and was simply doing the job he was expected to do.  Mrs. Robbins attempted to harm this officer by making a false criminal allegation against him.  I’m happy to see this case moving forward and appreciate the effort put in by the District Attorney’s investigators.”

Mrs. Robbins was arrested by Humphreys County Sheriff’s Deputies and was booked into the Humphreys County jail under a $10,000 bond.

 

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SBA in Waverly Fire Hall for Flood Assistance

The Small Business Administration is in the Fire Hall through Tuesday to assist flood victims with low interest loans.  Please read below for more information.

From TEMA Press Release:

 

DISASTER LOANS NOW AVAILABLE TO HELP FLOOD-IMPACTED BUSINESSES, RESIDENTS IN 19 TN COUNTIES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will make its disaster loan program available in five counties recovering from the severe storms and flooding from Feb. 6 through Feb. 24, 2019. “We are committed to pursuing every assistance option available to help Tennesseans put their lives and businesses back together from the floods earlier this year,” Gov. Lee said. The SBA declaration covers the following Tennessee counties: Decatur, Hardin, Humphreys, Perry, and Sevier, and the adjacent counties of Benton, Blount, Carroll, Chester, Cocke, Dickson, Henderson, Hickman, Houston, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, McNairy, and Wayne.

Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

SBA will also open seven Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Tennessee and make representatives available to help individuals complete their applications and to answer questions about the loan program. The Disaster Loan Outreach Centers will open Tuesday, June 25, operating until Tuesday, July 2:

The Humphreys County Location is:

City of Waverly Fire Department
107 East Main St. 
Waverly, TN 37185

 Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All Disaster Loan Outreach Centers are closed on Sundays.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 [Call: 1-800-659-2955] (1-800-877-8339 [Call: 1-800-877-8339] for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 20, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 23, 2020.

 

Full Press Release (PDF)

 

 

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Pair Charged in Burglary to WJHS

Media Release
June 24, 2019


Pair Charged in Burglary to WJHS


On June 20, The Waverly Police Department responded to a report of a burglary at the Waverly Junior High School. Sgt. Shaun Wilson found that 2 intruders had entered an unlocked door at the rear of the school and ransacked several classrooms. They also took a few items from the school. Sgt. Wilson was able to obtain video camera footage of the intruders from school officials.


The suspects were quickly identified from the footage as Andrew Grundy of Waverly and Tiera Carrington of Dickson. After the investigation, both suspects were charged with Burglary, Theft and Vandalism and were booked into the Humphreys County Jail under $6,750 bond.

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K9 Demo at Waverly Elementary School

Officer David Ross and his K9 partner Crockett did a demonstration for the 3rd Grade class at Waverly Elementary School.  The kids enjoyed a drug detection demo as well as an apprehension bite demo.  Sgt. Shaun Wilson and Officer Jordan Coble helped with the event.

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2018 Police Officer of the Year

Officer Jordan Coble was named the 2018 Police Officer of the Year.  The award is voted on by members of the Police Department and was presented by Chief Grant Gillespie at the department's Christmas party.  Officer Coble joined WPD in 2017 and has been very active patrol officer, making solid criminal cases and is great at interacting with the community.  The award was sponsored by Porch, Stribling and Webb Insurance.  Taylor Porch is shown congratulating Officer Coble.

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WDPS Seeks Part-Time Firefighters

The Waverly Department of Public Safety (Police and Fire) is accepting applications for the position of Part Time (Paid Per Call) Firefighter.  Part-time Firefighters respond to all fire related calls for service within the City of Waverly and would be available on an on-call basis as needed.  Training and equipment are provided.

The application process includes a physical ability test, oral interview, and extensive background check.  Successful candidates will undergo drug screening.  Minimum Requirements include:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess equivalence;
  • Have a valid TN driver’s license;
  • Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor and other alcoholic beverages or controlled substances;
  • Have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
  • Work and/or reside in or near the City of Waverly and have availability for on-call status.

Applications can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded at www.waverlypublicsafety.com.  Submit application via mail or in person to:

Chief of Public Safety

103 East Main St.

Waverly, TN 37185

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.

The City of Waverly is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is a drug-free workplace.

Download Employment Application Here

 

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Citizens Police Academy Session 11 Announced

December 4, 2018

Citizens Police Academy Session 11 Announced

Session 11 of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is set to begin Monday, January 7, 2019, at 6pm.  Chief Grant Gillespie and officers from the Waverly Police Department will conduct the program.  Classes are approximately three hours in length and are held every Monday night through March 11.  Topics covered in the course include an overview of the law enforcement profession, criminal law, drug enforcement, patrol, firearms, DUI, defensive tactics, crime investigations, emergency driving, and other police related topics.

“Basically, it’s an extremely condensed version of the real police academy.  Each night’s topic is the same as a week’s topic in the police academy”, Gillespie said.   The class is very “hands on” and cadets will be allowed to drive police cars, handle department weapons, write police reports, and ride with patrol officers on their shifts.  According to Chief Gillespie, “This class gives you a behind the scenes look at what we do and why we do it.  It's a great way to understand how your local police department works."

In addition, cadets will learn about the Public Safety concept in which officers are also trained as firefighters.  "The public safety concept is unique and cadets will have an opportunity to learn how this benefits our community," said Gillespie.

The CPA began in 2002 and has over 150 alumni from the 10 prior sessions.  At the end of Session 10, a reunion night was held for the CPA Alumni.  "Many of them have become great friends and supporters of us and our department.  We have found that even though cadets come to learn from us, we often walk away with a better sense of the community we serve" said Chief Gillespie.

The CPA accepts applications from anyone at least 18 years old and living in Humphreys County.  Preference is given to citizens who live or work in Waverly.  Individuals of all ages are encouraged to apply.  The class is not physically demanding and accommodations will be made for anyone with health challenges.  Class size is limited to no more than sixteen cadets.  For more information contact Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.  Applications can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded from the PD website at www.waverlypublicsafety.com. 

Applications will be accepted through January 1.

Download the CPA application in pdf format here.

 

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Carjacking Occurs on Clydeton Rd.

May 14, 2018

Carjacking Occurs on Clydeton Rd near Hwy 70

On Friday evening, a victim had her car forcibly taken from her after stopping at the railroad crossing on Clydeton Rd near Hwy 70.  The suspect, David Tyler Lowery, of Trinity, AL, jumped into the passenger side of her car while she was waiting on the train to cross.  He told her he had just walked away from the nearby Hope Center Drug Recovery Facility and was trying to go to Decaturville.  When she turned onto Hwy 70, Lowery grabbed the wheel and pushed her out of the car as it came to a stop on Hwy 70.

The victim immediately called 911 and a description of the vehicle was broadcast.  The car was stopped by New Johnsonville Police Officer Joe Yates and Lowery was taken into custody. 

“The victim’s quick 911 call led to getting information out to neighboring law enforcement agencies and prevented this suspect from leaving the area,” said Waverly Police Chief Grant Gillespie.  “I’m proud of the response by our 911 Dispatchers, New Johnsonville Police and our Waverly Police Officers which contributed to getting this dangerous suspect in custody.”

Lowery is being held in the Humphreys County Jail and is charged with Carjacking, Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, and Assault.  His bond is set at $73,000.

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WPD Announces SAFE Campaign Participation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Waverly Police Department

02/01/2018

THE WAVERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES SAFE CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION

The Waverly Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its fifth annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2018, and concludes August 1, 2018.

“We regularly see the difference wearing seat belts can make in preventing injuries. We encourage everyone to buckle up and use proper child restraint seats when driving or riding in a vehicle,” said Waverly Police Chief Grant Gillespie.

2018 will be the fifth year that the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign.

Last year yielded the following results:

• 1,480 child restraint violations
• 16,571 seat belt citations
• 835 other seat belt enforcement activities

“In 2016, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 88.95 percent,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Last year, the state’s usage rate decreased to 88.51 percent. Our goal this year is to achieve 100 percent seatbelt usage across Tennessee through the SAFE campaign and other occupant-protection initiatives.”

In Tennessee, a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities tend to occur between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Historically, approximately fifty percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly sixty when nighttime crashes are examined. Therefore, participating agencies will focus special attention toward nighttime seatbelt enforcement during the SAFE campaign this year.

For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

 

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Session 10 - Citizen's Police Academy to Start in January

December 15, 2017

Citizens Police Academy -Session 10 Announced

Session 10 of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is set to begin Monday, January 15, 2018, at 6pm.  Chief Grant Gillespie and officers from the Waverly Police Department will conduct the program.  Classes are approximately three hours in length and are held every Monday night through March 19.  Topics covered in the course include an overview of the law enforcement profession, criminal law, drug enforcement, patrol, firearms, DUI, defensive tactics, crime investigations, emergency driving, and other police related topics.

“Basically, it’s an extremely condensed version of the real police academy.  Each night’s topic is the same as a week’s topic in the police academy”, Gillespie said.   The class is very “hands on” and cadets will be allowed to drive police cars, shoot department weapons, write police reports, and ride with patrol officers on their shifts.  According to Chief Gillespie, “This class gives you a behind the scenes look at what we do and why we do it.  It's a great way to understand how your local police department works."

In addition, cadets will learn about the Public Safety concept in which officers are also trained as firefighters.  "The public safety concept is unique and cadets will have an opportunity to learn how this benefits our community," said Gillespie.

The CPA accepts applications from anyone at least 18 years old and living in Humphreys County.  Preference is given to citizens who live or work in Waverly.  Individuals of all ages are encouraged to apply.  The class is not physically demanding and accommodations will be made for anyone with health challenges.  Class size is limited to no more than sixteen cadets.  For more information contact Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.  Applications can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded from the PD website at www.waverlypublicsafety.com. 

Applications will be accepted through January 8.

Download the CPA application in pdf format here.

 

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