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Citizens Police Academy Session 12 Announced

August 17, 2022

Citizens Police Academy Session 12 Announced

Session 12 of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is set to begin Monday, September 12, 2022, 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 November 7.  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 170 alumni from the 11 prior sessions.  “This marks the return of the CPA after the COVID period and flood, which kept us from being able to meet.  We are excited to get this class started and to welcome a new group of folks to see how our department works,” 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 August 31.

Download the CPA application in pdf format here.

 

 

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Now Hiring - Police Officer

The Waverly Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer/Public Safety Officer. The City of Waverly offers a competitive pay and benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance, vacation, and sick leave. Retirement is offered through TCRS (Pension based plan) and an optional 401k.

Pay range for uncertified applicants is $38,480 - $39,520 and for POST certified applicants $39,520-$40,560. Optional firefighting supplement pay is $6,432 annually.

Other benefits include 10-hour shifts/4-day work week and a take home vehicle program. Overtime is available and all uniforms, training and equipment are provided.

Application packets can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded at www.waverlypublicsafety.com. Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 19, at noon, or until the position is filled. The application process includes a physical agility 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.

Submit application, cover letter and resume via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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.

 

Application can be downloaded here.

 

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Local Man Arrested for Pharmacy Robbery

Press Release

March 1, 2022

The Waverly Police Department responded to a robbery at Phipps Pharmacy on Main Street Monday afternoon.  The suspect entered the pharmacy and made it appear he had a gun under his jacket and demanded narcotics.  He was apprehended at the rear of the store. 

“The suspect tried to use a Mid-Cumberland van as his transportation to commit the robbery and was sitting inside the van when officers arrived.  You really can’t make this stuff up,” said Chief Grant Gillespie. The Mid-Cumberland transportation service is a public transportation service used to primarily take people to medical appointments.  “When the driver realized what was going on, he got out and alerted police.”

The suspect, Gary Noe, of Waverly, was arrested by Sgt. Shaun Wilson.  He is charged with Aggravated Robbery, Theft, and Simple Possession of a Narcotic.  He is currently in the Humphreys County jail. No one was injured in the robbery.

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Now Hiring - Police Officer/Public Safety Officer

 

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 pay 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 immediately until Friday, February 25, at noon, or until the position is filled. 

Submit application, 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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Notice to City of Waverly Property Owners

Notice to City of Waverly Property Owners

If you are the owner of property within the City of Waverly that was damaged by the August 21, 2021 flood that is unrepairable and is in need of demolition, time is of the essence to have that work performed at no cost to you. Owners of property should register with the volunteer organization at the disaster center located adjacent to the Dollar Tree store for this service Monday ­ Saturday.

As volunteer forces and the City of Waverly contracted debris removal company complete work orders on file this service will no longer be offered and the expense of demolition and disposal will be the responsibility of property owners.

City of Waverly

W.B. (Buddy) Frazier

Mayor

 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Flood Damaged Homes:

Frequently Asked Questions about flood damaged homes in the City Limits of Waverly:

 

Question:   Can I rebuild my home after it’s been moved from its foundation?

Answer:   Likely, yes.  You will need to obtain a building permit and if your home is in a flood zone, you will need to obtain a certificate of elevation.  You will need to comply with current building codes and regulations.  Contact our Codes Officer Larry Lescure for more information, at 931-296-2101.

Question:  Do I need a building permit to repair my home? Example repairs would be floors, walls, bathrooms, etc...

Answer:   No, you do not need a permit, unless the damage is more than 50% of your home’s value.  If it is greater than 50% damage, a building permit may be required.   Contact our Codes Officer Larry Lescure for a damage assessment at 931-296-2101.

Question:  Can I build a new home on my empty lot?  Or can I put a mobile home on my lot?

Answer:  You will need to obtain a building permit and if your home is in a flood zone, you will need to obtain a certificate of elevation.  You will need to comply with current building codes and regulations.  Mobile homes are only allowed in certain zoning areas.  Contact our Codes Officer Larry Lescure for more information, at 931-296-2101.

Question: Will the city condemn my flood damaged home?

Answer:  The city is not condemning homes that were flood damaged.  The city may condemn a home if the owner makes no efforts to repair or replace it and leaves it in disrepair for a long period of time.

Question:  What inspections will I have as I rebuild or repair my home?

Answer:  For new homes and rebuilt homes, you will have several inspections as part of the building permit process.  If your repairs are replacing drywall, flooring, etc. you probably won’t have any building codes inspections.  There will likely need to be an electrical inspection before power is restored and before closing up your walls.  Contact MLEC  (931-296-2581) for more information about the electrical inspection.

Question:  Do I need a permit to demolish my home?

Answer:  There is no permit needed to demolish a home, but you will need to notify all utility companies (gas, water, electricity) before you tear anything down so that disconnections can be done safely.

 

To apply for a building permit or more questions about City of Waverly building codes please call Larry Lescure at 931-296-2101.  It is up to the property owner to have repairs done to codes and standards set by the State of Tennessee and the City of Waverly.  The home will have to comply with these codes in order to be inhabited. 

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Disaster Assistance Form

The City of Waverly is moving to distribute financial assistance to the victims of Humphreys County. To receive this assistance you need to fill out a form with the heading:
 
Waverly Tennessee Flood Relief Request for Assistance
 
The application is downloadable here and are located at the Waverly Church of Christ and the First Baptist Church of Waverly along with Waverly City Hall.  Please fill out these applications and return to Waverly City Hall.
 
Please understand that although the form indicates it is for Waverly relief it will be given to any victims in our county. Please secure a copy, fill it out and turn it in as soon as possible. There are many, many people who have come to our aid in many wonderful ways. Many have elected to send in monetary donations which need to reach those who are victims. We are thankful for each and every person that has offered aid to this county.
 
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Wrecker Standards for Flood Vehicles

August 26, 2021

Wrecker standards for removal of flood vehicles:

The following regulations are now in place regarding the removal of flooded and damaged vehicles.

All tows will be reported to the Waverly Police Department at least daily and within 24 hours.  Reporting shall include the vehicle description, tow company contact information, location of the tow and location where the vehicle will be stored.  The tow information can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Waverly Police Department at 931-296-4300.

All tows must have the permission of the vehicle owner or private property owner.  No vehicles may be removed from streets, public property or rights of way without the authorization of the Chief of Police or his designee. 

Wrecker companies not following these regulations are not authorized to tow within the city limits.

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Grant Gillespie
Chief of Police

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Job Posting - Police Officer

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 pay 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 immediately until Friday May 14 at noon, or until the position is filled. 

Submit application, 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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Now Hiring - Police Officer

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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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