Overton County Sheriff's Department
W.B. Melton was raised in East Clay County, Tennessee. He attended Celina High School and Tennessee Tech University. He is married to Peggy Melton, and they have 3 daughters together. Sheriff Melton was elected for his first term in September of 2006 and re-elected in August 2010.
The first Sheriff of Overton County was John B. Cross from 1807 to 1810. The original Overton County jail was erected in Monroe about the year of 1809. After it was decided to move the county seat from Monroe to Livingston in 1834, a new jail was built on the Northeast corner of the Public Square.
We currently run the department in its new location at John T. Poindexter Drive with 57 employees, including 4 Investigators who work from our Investigation Division Substation since October 2010. Since Sheriff Melton took office in 2006, he has made many changes and add-ons to different departments. In early 2009 the Critical Response Unit was formed with a 10 person team. In 2007 a new dog was added to the K-9 Unit and we currently have 8 Reserve Deputy slots.
The Overton County Sheriff's Department is committed to protect life, liberty and property of all people; to maintain order, serve papers and to enforce the laws. The Overton County Sheriff's Department is responsible for the professional care and custody of those confined in our jail, the security of our courts, the prompt investigation of crime when it occurs and to vigorously seek the prosecution of offenders. It is our mission to improve and maintain the quality of life and ensure that our county is a safe place to live, work and visit.