ELIZABETHTON — Greg Workman was sworn in as Elizabethton’s new chief of police in a short ceremony in the City Council Chambers on Wednesday. Shannon Peters was also sworn in as the new second in command and was promoted to major, filling the post Workman vacated to become chief.
“We have an excellent department and we want to continue the high standards we have set,” Workman said shortly after he was administered the oath of office by City Clerk Jerome Kitchens.
Workman has spent his entire law enforcement career with the Elizabethton Police Department. Workman was one of four officers who joined the department in 1996 under a federal program to create 100,000 new police positions across the country.
Upon graduation from basic recruit training at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy in 1997, Workman worked as a patrol officer. In the fall of 2000, Workman was assigned to be a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division.
In the spring of 2002, Workman was assigned to the 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force as a narcotics agent. He was promoted to assistant director of the task force in 2006.
Upon leaving the DTF, Workman was assigned to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as a task force officer representing the Elizabethton Police Department at the Johnson City duty post.
In December 2006, Workman was promoted to patrol sergeant. Exactly a year later, he was promoted to shift captain. He remained in that position for more than five years.
His subsequent rise to chief has been meteoric. He was promoted to major Oct. 22, filling the second-in-command position vacated when Rusty Verran left the position to become a full-time minister. Just months after Chief Matt Bailey made the selection, the chief announced he would be stepping down and assuming the post of shift captain. Bailey’s last day as chief was Dec. 30.
City Manager Fred Edens then selected Workman as new chief.
Peters joined the Elizabethton Police Department on Jan. 17, 2000, as a patrolman. He competed the police academy at Walters State in April 2000.
Peters is one of the department’s top experts on weapons, including pistols, rifles and less-lethal arms. He was state certified as a firearms instructor and range master in 2004 and later certified as a patrol rifle instructor.
Peters said his new position, which will handle mostly administrative duties, is a change after all the years he has spent in patrol, but he has a fresh understanding of the needs of the men and women in the patrol division.