Chief Bandy began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office. 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. Chief Bandy has experience as a correctional officer, patrol officer, SWAT member; he has been an investigator in the following divisions: criminal investigations, narcotics investigations, and District Attorney’s office; he was a 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 pursing higher education and is a graduate of the 332th class of the School of Police Staff and Command of Northwestern University. He has also received his Bachelor of Science from Bethel University’s College of Criminal Justice.
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 departments 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.
Assistant Chief William Sorrells has a 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 Rotarty 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 B.A. from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and is a graduate of the 105th A.O.C. at the Southern Police Institute. Captain Novitsky is currently studying at Aspen University for a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She has an active membership with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 65.
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 Criminal Investigation 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.
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 support services.
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.
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 patrol division. He has previously overseen the operations of the training division, dispatch, 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 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.