Command Staff Bios

Donald W. Bandy, Chief of Police


Chief Bandy began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office and attended the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. He started his employment with the Gallatin Police Department in 2001. Over the course of his career, Chief Bandy has worked in many capacities and therefore has a vast knowledge of law enforcement. He has experience in corrections, patrol, SWAT, criminal investigations, narcotics, and as an investigator with the 18th District Attorney’s office. He has served in the capacity of Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant and Operations Lieutenant. Chief Bandy was appointed interim Chief of Police for Gallatin in January 2011 and after a nationwide search was named the full time Chief in May of that year.

Chief Bandy believes strongly in employees pursuing higher education. He received his Bachelor of Science from Bethel University’s College of Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the 332nd class of the School of Police Staff and Command of Northwestern University.
Police Chief Don Bandy
Chief Bandy is on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Association of the Chiefs of Police and the 18th Judicial Drug Task Force. He is also a member of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #65, of which he is past president.

Chief Bandy is married to Tiffany and they have two sons, Noah and Nick. He has a strong belief in his faith and the importance of family. Chief Bandy is active in his church and in his community.

William Sorrells, Assistant Chief


Assistant Chief William Sorrells began his career in law enforcement in 1983, joining the Gallatin Police Department in 1985. He has risen through the ranks of the department; in 1986 he was promoted to Field Training Officer, Sergeant in 1998, Lieutenant in 2002, Commander in 2007, and to his present position as Assistant Chief of Police in 2011.

Assistant Chief Sorrells has served the department in several capacities during his tenure with the department, including the department's bicycle patrol and SWAT team. In 1994, Assistant Chief Sorrells was one of the founding members of the Sumner County Emergency Response Team. This team was formed to unite SWAT teams throughout the county into one unique team. He was promoted to ERT Team Leader in 2006, and to his current position ERT Team Commander in 2009.
William Sorrels - Assistant Chief
Assistant Chief William Sorrells has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law, Master’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice at Aspen University, B.A. from Trevecca Nazarene University in Management and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 203rd Session. He has active memberships with the Gallatin Noon Rotary Club, Tennessee Chapter National Academy Associates, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 65, Tennessee Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Bethpage Masonic Lodge #521, and Donelson Jere Baxter Lodge #197 Royal Arch Masons.

Kate Novitsky, Captain


Captain Kate Novitsky began her career in law enforcement at the Gallatin Police Department in 1992. Captain Novitsky was promoted to her current position as Lieutenant in 2011. She has previously held the ranks of Dispatcher, Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Investigator, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Lieutenant Novitsky directly oversees all of the functions of the police department and reports directly to the Assistant Chief of Police.

Captain Kate Novitsky has a M.B.A. from Aspen University in Criminal Justice and a B.A. from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and is a graduate of the 105th A.O.C. at the Southern Police Institute. She has an active membership with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 65.
Kate Novitsky - Captain

Lamar Ballard, Lieutenant


Lieutenant Lamar Ballard has worked in the field of private security, state and local law enforcement for over 22 years and has been employed by the Gallatin Police Department since 1997. Lieutenant Ballard was promoted to his current position as Lieutenant in 2004. He has previously held the ranks of Field Training Officer, Investigator and Sergeant. Lieutenant Ballard has overseen the operations in several areas of the Gallatin Police Department including Investigations, Crime Scene Unit, and Support Services, Dispatch, Training, and Crime Prevention. He currently is assigned as the lieutenant over the Professional Standards division.

Lieutenant Lamar Ballard has studied at the University of Tennessee National Forensic Academy 4th Session and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 218th Session. He has active memberships with the FBI National Academy Associates, Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Rotary International. He is also a board member of the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition.
Lamar Ballard - Lieutenant

Rickey Troup, Lieutenant


Lieutenant Rickey Troup began his career in law enforcement at the Gallatin Police Department in 2001. Lieutenant Troup was promoted to his current position as Lieutenant in 2008. He has previously held the ranks of Investigator and Sergeant. Lieutenant Troup has overseen the operations in several areas of the Gallatin Police Department including Information Technology, Dispatch, Training, and Crime Prevention. He currently is assigned as the lieutenant over the Patrol division.

Lieutenant Rickey Troup has studied at the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 238th Session. Lieutenant Troup is a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the 25th Infantry Division from 1993 to 1996. He has active memberships with the FBI National Academy Associates, Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 65.
Rickey Troup - Lieutenant

Bill Vahldiek, Lieutenant


Lieutenant Bill Vahldiek began his career in law enforcement in 1993 and joined the Gallatin Police Department in 1998. Lieutenant Vahldiek was promoted to his current position as Lieutenant in 2011. He has previously held the ranks of Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Corporal and Sergeant. Lieutenant Vahldiek currently oversees the support division. He has previously overseen the operations of the training division, dispatch, criminal investigations, patrol and crime prevention. Lieutenant Vahldiek has also been a member of the department’s Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team since 2000.

Lieutenant Bill Vahldiek has studied at Sam Houston State University and has a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University. He is also a graduate of the 332th class of the School of Police Staff and Command of Northwestern University. He is an active member of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers Association, Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 65, and Bethpage Masonic Lodge #521. Additionally, he serves the community by being a board member with Greater Gallatin and the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition.
Bill Vahldiek - Lieutenant

Chris Shockley, Lieutenant


Lieutenant Chris Shockley began his career in law enforcement in 1997, joining the Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department where he served as a patrol sergeant until 2005. He became a member of the Gallatin Police Department in January of 2005 and was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as an Investigator in August of that same year. Lieutenant Shockley became a SWAT Team member months after being employed by the Gallatin Police Department and was promoted to team leader of the Sumner Co. ERT in 2009. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 where he served as a supervisor of a patrol squad. In 2010 he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division serving as the Sergeant within the unit. Lieutenant Shockley has also served as Sergeant within the Training Division. In May 2015 Lieutenant Shockley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division.
Chris Shockley - Lieutenant
Lieutenant Shockley is a graduate of the 274th class of the School of Police Staff and Command of Northwestern University. He has active memberships with NTOA and TLETOA.

Lieutenant Shockley has been married to his wife Darlene for 17 years and they have four children Callie, Crista, Kyle and Katie Jo.

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