Chief William (Bill) Roehl


Chief William Roehl has been with the LaFollette Police Department since August 2015. Before moving back to LaFollette, he served 31 years at the Knoxville Police Department. During his tenure in Knoxville, Chief Roehl worked his way through the ranks and ultimately retired as the Deputy Chief of Patrol. He held assignments as a Patrol Sergeant tasked with the responsibility of managing the departments Power Squad. A detachment of young officers transitioning from training into a solo status as a police officer. In 1998 as a Lieutenant, Roehl served as the Staff Officer for the Deputy Chief of Patrol. He was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain in 2000, and was assigned to the office of Chief of Police. In the capacity he oversaw special projects for the department. In 2002, Chief Roehl was promoted to Deputy Chief and assumed the responsibility as Division Commander for the Criminal Investigations Division, where he served until being reassigned to head up the Patrol Division in 2007. 

 Chief Roehl holds an Associate Degree in Police Science from Roane State Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Tusculum College with a major in Organizational Management. His professional development continued throughout his career. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy class 202, a graduate of the 106th Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute, and a graduate from Police Executive research Forum 34th Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, Massachusetts.

 Chief Roehl serves on a number of professional boards, including, Tusculum College's President's Advisory Council, the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for Roane State Community College, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.

 As a avid community supporter, Chief Roehl has been involved in a number of community activities. He has been a guest speaker as various community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, the Knoxville Citizens Police Academy, the Arnstein Jewish Center, Campbell County Rotary Club, and Gospel Baptist Church. He has also participated in construction projects for Habitat for Humanity.