Meet Steve

A life-long resident of Bradley County, Lawson attended Charleston and Michigan Avenue Elementary School and is a graduate of Bradley Central High School. He has studied Criminal Justice at Cleveland State Community College, and he is a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy located in Donelson, Tennessee, as well as the Cleveland State Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy.


Steve is married to Connie and has three sons. He attends Mt. Olive Ministries, in Cleveland, TN.

Law Enforcement Career

Steve Lawson began his service with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in 1976. He quickly moved up through the ranks as a patrol deputy, detective, and Supervisor in both the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions.

Steve received a promotion to Captain of CID in 1987 and then took a break from law enforcement from 1988 to 2006 while working in the private sector, but his interest in criminal investigation and his love of law enforcement lead him back to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in 2006 when he was, once again, asked to become Captain and head up the Criminal Investigation Division.

In 2010, Steve was selected to become the Director of the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force. Under his direction and through honesty, integrity, and leadership, stability was realized for the first time in many years. In 2014, he accepted an appointment to become Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division.

Lawson has also attended numerous specialized law enforcement schools over the years. His specialized training has included the following: Major Case Investigations, Narcotics and Drug Trafficking, Homicide, Auto Theft, Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement, F.B.I. Fingerprint Training, and many more.

Finally, Steve is a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development School, the Law Enforcement Management, and Administration School, and he has attended annual Drug Task Force Administration Practices Training as the Director of the DTF.

I have worked closely with Steve over the years, and I have always been very impressed by his professional approach to criminal investigations. The perfect state audit recently received by Steve and the local DTF underscores my belief Steve Lawson is the best person to fill the post of CID Captain.– Eric Watson August 14, 2014 (read more)