New school resource officer joins the staff at Wayne County Schools
Wayne County Schools would like to welcome Wayne County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jerry Meadows during Safe Schools week. Meadows recently started serving as the district’s school resource officer, commonly referred to as the SRO.
Meadows is based at Wayne County High School and can be reached at the front office. But, he also visits schools across the campus. He appreciates the groundwork laid by the district’s first SRO Adam Dodson who put a lot of plans in place that Meadows plans to take advantage of this school year.
“The staff has been very accommodating and helpful to me. It’s almost unreal how well I have been treated,” said Meadows appreciatively, “I’m settling in well here at school. I’m going to be happy here.”
The new SRO said there are three areas he will focus on to make the schools safer – education, enforcement, and visibility. The worst issue he believes he will face is drug related cases. He hopes he can make a difference in any local teenagers’ lives who might be struggling with the start of addiction issues.
The SRO has full law enforcement authority both on and off campus. His salary is split between county government and the school system. When school is out, the SRO works solely for the Sheriff’s Department.
Meadows has worked the road for 12 years, so he still enjoys patrol time when school is not in session. The 37-year-old deputy began his career as a correction officer in Knox County, Tennessee. Then in 2004, he started working with the McCreary County Sheriff’s Department until 2016 when he left with a rank of sergeant. Since then he has experience working both at the local Sheriff’s Department and at Monticello Police Department.
Meadows said he could remember when he was in high school at McCreary Central in the late 90’s when they had a school resource officer through a special grant. Fast forward to this fall and Meadows is putting his life experiences to work for him and applying them to his new school setting. He said he was at a point in his career where it was time to change things up in order to further challenge himself.
“I may not know everyone’s name yet, but I feel like I’ve already been here for a while,” Meadows said about his new position. Not only is his professional life changing, but so is his personal life, since he and his wife Rebecca are expecting their first child early next year.
Jerry Meadows taking the oath of office
County Judge Executive Mike Anderson congratulates SRO Meadows
SRO Meadows on the Wayne County campus