Meet the Sheriff
Daron Hall was sworn-in as the 61st sheriff of Davidson County September 2002 and elected to his fifth term in 2018. Upon conclusion of this term, he will be the longest serving sheriff in Metropolitan Nashville’s history.
Hall may be the first sheriff to ever try to eliminate his job by ensuring inmates become productive citizens and stay out of jail. He provides treatment, programs, and community engagement for those incarcerated. Over the past 10 years, these efforts have resulted in a dramatic 32 percent decrease in the inmate population; leading to the closing of a 300-bed facility in 2011.
Sheriff Hall is also passionate about decriminalizing mental illness and currently working towards criminal justice improvements for mentally ill arrestees. In September 2017, he was awarded the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sam Cochran Award for his commitment to this on-going effort.
During his more than 30-year criminal justice career, Hall has served Davidson County under three sheriffs. He is on the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Executive Board and Board of Directors; serving as that organization’s 1st Vice President and will become the first NSA president from the state of Tennessee in June 2019. Additionally, he served as the 101st president of the American Correctional Association (ACA), was the first sheriff ever elected to this position in the organization’s 141-year history, and was chosen as the recipient of ACA’s 2018 prestigious E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award.
Seen as an expert in his field, Sheriff Hall has been interviewed by national and international media outlets including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NPR, the New York Times, CNN, and Fortune Magazine.
Awards and Recognitions
- National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Tennessee 2019 Vision of Hope Award, honoring those who are innovators in the addressing needs of those suffering from mental illness.
- Nashville Prevention Partnership Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012, for his career-long commitment to battling substance abuse for those incarcerated and beyond.
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Ambassador of Hope Award, 2005, recognizing outstanding service to the mentally ill in criminal justice.
- Women’s Political Caucus “Good Guy” Award, 2004, recognizing men who promote the cause and advancement of women.
- Dismas, Inc. Jack Hickey Award, 2006, recognizing a lifetime commitment to justice and reconciliation.
- The Tennessean, named Top 40 Under 40.
- Leadership Nashville, Class of 2004.
Sheriff Oath of Office