TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security Captain Chris Ray is a native of Wayne County, Tennessee. He began his law enforcement career in 1991 with the Waynesboro Police Department, where he attained the rank of Sergeant. In 1997, he joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol and was assigned to Maury County in the THP’s Lawrenceburg District. Captain Ray has worked in a number of the Department’s divisions. He has worked as a member the State Capitol Security Detail, and was promoted Administrative Sergeant of the Lawrenceburg District in 2006, where he served in that capacity for two years. Captain Ray served two years as a Troop Sergeant in Hickman County, before transferring to the Inspectional Services Bureau in 2010. In 2013, he transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division, and was promoted to CID Lieutenant in 2015. He served in that capacity until being promoted to Captain over the Department’s Inspectional Services Bureau in July 2017.
Captain Ray is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and the Tennessee Army National Guard. Ray holds a criminal justice degree from Bethel University and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.