Mike Fraley is a lieutenant with the department. It was appropriate that he was honored at this time of the year, when there is always talk among the county commissioners that the deputies are not paid enough to keep them from taking higher-paying jobs at other neighboring law enforcement agencies.
But Fraley was not one to leave. The resolution honoring Fraley noted that he was a lifelong resident of Carter County who has served his fellow citizens ever since he was hired as a deputy jailer on May 17, 1989. He graduated from the Police Academy in October 1989 and was assigned to the patrol division. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in November 1992.
Fraley’s service included being shot in the chest while responding to a call for service on June 15, 1994. He persevered and recovered from that serious injury and returned to service. In August 1994, he was promoted to lieutenant.
The Carter County Commission’s resolution noted that Fraley has served in many leadership positions, including criminal investigator, member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, supervisor of the county’s school resource officers, assistant jail administrator, critical incident counselor, field training officer, firearms instructor, and general department instructor.
Among his many awards was being named East Tennessee Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1994.
The County Commission went on to say that Fraley “has selflessly worked to serve and protect the citizens of Carter County and has literally put his life on the line in service to others.”
Fraley is following in a family tradition. His father, Bill Fraley, is a retired captain with the Elizabethton Police Department and his brother, Brian Fraley, is a special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Both were present in the courtroom last Monday to observe Fraley being honored.