John Fuson began his law enforcement career with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office more than two decades ago. He has held various positions within the agency and currently serves the citizens of Montgomery County as Sheriff.
John’s political career began in 2010 when he was elected Montgomery County Commissioner for the 7th Civil District of Montgomery County. He served on seven committees while on the commission and became heavily involved with the Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA) which led to him being elected by his peers to represent them as Middle Tennessee Director. Only the second Montgomery County Commissioner to hold this position.
In December of 2012, John applied for a vacancy in the office of Sheriff and was selected to fill the vacancy. He prepared for and won the subsequent election in August of 2014 among a field of four other candidates with 58% of the vote. Sheriff Fuson was unopposed in the 2018 election and plans to pursue another four-year term as Sheriff in the coming 2022 election cycle.
Since becoming Sheriff, John has worked closely with the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association and Sheriffs from across our state. He has served the TSA as Vice President for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 terms and was unanimously selected by his peer sheriffs to serve as TSA President for the 2019/2020 term. Sheriff Fuson serves on several committees with the TSA including Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee. He works closely with our state delegation, the Tennessee General Assembly, and Sheriff’s across our state to toughen laws that directly affect the safety of our citizens.
Sheriff Fuson is a graduate of Northwest Highschool and currently holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also attended Austin Peay State University where he studied Public Management, Police Science & Administration, and Criminal Justice. John is also one of few Sheriffs in the state to complete the University of Tennessee’s County Officials Certificate Training Program (COCTP) where he was designated a Certified Public Administrator.
Sheriff Fuson is a devoted husband of 29 years to Jennifer, and father of three children; Holly 28, Sarah 21, and Cole 11. Grandfather was also added to his list of titles. Holly and her Husband Cody recently welcomed Granddaughter Willow to the family.
Sheriff Fuson is a Christian and is a member of Blooming Grove Baptist Church in Woodlawn where he and his family reside. He enjoys spending what free time he has spending quality time with his family at the lake.
“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.”
Sylvain Maréchal (1788)
A Proven Record of Success
Elected District 7 County Commissioner 2010
Appointed Sheriff of Montgomery County 2012
Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) “Patriot Award” 2014
Elected Sheriff of Montgomery County (First Term) 2014
University of Tennessee Certified Public Administrator 2016
Elected Vice President Tennessee Sheriffs Association 2017
Elected Sheriff of Montgomery County (Second Term) 2018
Appointed by Governor Bill Haslem to serve on the School Safety Task Force 2018
Elected President of the Tennessee Sheriffs Association 2019