Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott announced the promotion of Jessie W. Brooks to captain of the agency’s Chattanooga District on Tuesday afternoon.

Previously, Brooks was the administrative lieutenant in the Knoxville District. He replaces David McGill, who was recently transferred to captain of the Knoxville District.

Brooks has worked with the THP for 31 years and had been the administrative lieutenant in the Knoxville District since 2009, which required him to oversee the operations of the office and staff. Prior to that, he held positions as safety education lieutenant, troop sergeant and litter sergeant. He has exclusive experience in dignitary protection, ranging from governors to first ladies.


Brooks is a native of Hamblen County.

“During his career in the THP, Jessie has been a valuable asset to the patrol, providing leadership and experience while, most recently, supervising the daily operations of his district office. As district captain, Jessie will continue to help us advance as an agency,” Trott said in a prepared statement.

Brooks began with the THP as a road trooper in 1981, assigned to first Roane and then Knox County. He was a deputy with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department prior to that, from 1975 to 1981. He is also a veteran of the United States Navy Reserve.

Currently, Brooks is enrolled at Bethel University to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command School.