In 1980, Sheriff Graybeal began his career with the Sheriff's Office as an officer in the patrol division. In 1981, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and in 1991, to the rank of Lieutenant. Since that time, he has held the positions of Captain, Major, and Chief Deputy.

In January, 2003, Ed Graybeal was appointed Sheriff by a unanimous vote of the Washington County Commission. Since that time, he has continued to strive to bring the citizens of Washington County the highest level of service possible.

Sheriff Graybeal is a graduate of the TN Law Enforcement Training Academy at Donelson, TN. He has attended classes at both East Tennessee State University and Walter State Community College.

He has been married to Connie Graybeal for 45 years, and has two children and four grandchildren and a Rottweiler, Brodie.


Military Service

During the years of 1969 & 1970, Ed Graybeal served as a Platoon Sergeant in the U.S. Army Infantry Division in Vietnam and Cambodia. He was awarded the following service awards.

  • Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars
  • National Defense Medal
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Combat Infantryman Badge
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Sharpshooter Medal

Sheriff Graybeal has professional training and holds certifications in the following areas:

Police Executive Development
Police Staff & Command / Northwestern University
Principals of Management / TN L. E. Academy
Advanced / Master Strategic Reaction Team
FBI Law Enforcement Instructor Development
Law Enforcement Middle Management University of TN
Upper Management Administration / ETSU
Management & Supervision / ETSU
Community Oriented Policing
Death Investigation
Sexual Abuse Investigation
Evidence Technician
Field Training Officer Certification
Field Sobriety Officer Certification
Radar Operation Certification
Traffic Accident Investigation

Along with Sheriff Graybeal's lifetime accomplishments, he is also a member of the following organizations:

Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Executive Committee
Scottish Rite 32nd degree Mason
TN Sheriff's Association - Vice President of Board of Directors
National Sheriff's Association
S.A.L.T. (Seniors & Law Enforcement Together)
U.S. Atty. General's Executive Council on Terrorism
U.S. Atty. General's Council on Methamphetamine
1st Judicial Drug Task Force Board of Directors
Vice Chair of Washington County/Johnson CIty 911 Board of Directors
Upper East TN Law Enforcement Executive Council
Johnson City Chamber of Commerce
Chairman Public Safety Committee
Northwestern University Alumni Association
Appalachian Fair Board of Directors

Sheriff Ed Graybeal